IBM first to clone Macs

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IBM Corp. plans to begin selling IBM PCs running Apple Computer's Mac OS software in the second half of 1996. The move was mentioned in a press conference Monday morning in New York where IBM unveiled a long-delayed line of business PCs with PowerPC chips. Executives cautioned that many details, including a licensing agreement with Apple, still must be worked out.

But Tony Santelli, IBM general manager of Power Personal Systems, told Advertising Age the plan to incorporate Macintosh software has "tremendous implications," adding, "It could be a high-volume product. It wouldn't make sense to do it otherwise." IBM is the first top-tier PC marketer to announce plans for Mac clones.

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