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Definition: Macintosh clone


A Power Macintosh from other than Apple. In late 1994, Apple began to license its operating system and hardware technologies to third parties. The first models appeared in the spring of 1995 from Radius, Power Computing and DayStar Digital. However, in late 1996, Apple reversed course and halted its licensing. The clone business was finished. Apple paid Power Computing to acquire some of its personnel and end its agreements. In 2008, Psystar introduced a non-Apple computer with the Mac operating system (see OSx86). See Power Mac and CHRP.