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Definition: Macintosh clone


A Power Macintosh from other than Apple. In late 1994, Apple sanctioned the Mac clone industry by licensing 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 officially ended the Mac clone business. Apple paid Power Computing to acquire some of its personnel and end its agreement. See Power Mac, CHRP and Hackintosh.