Apple bought a Cray supercomputer to help design the next Mac

When John Sculley ran Apple Computer he said Apple had bought a Cray supercomputer for about $14.5 million and was using it to develop its next-generation Apple.

Cray’s chief executive John Rollwagen said he hadn’t wanted Apple to think this was a one-way street. So, he said, “since they were good enough to buy one of our machines, some of us have bought a few of theirs.”

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Rollwagen also said he told Seymour Cray … about how Apple was using the machine. “There was a pause on the other end of the line,” he recalls, “and Seymour said, “That’s interesting, because I’m designing the next Cray with an Apple.'”