It Just May Be The Year Of The Apple

Will 1995 be Apple Computer Inc.'s year? A lot could go wrong between now and next December, but the once-beleaguered computer maker is starting out with the brightest prospects in years. Taking a more liberal approach to licensing its technology, Apple has just signed the first two Macintosh clone makers and is negotiating with nearly a dozen more. It's positioned to cash in on the boom in home and school markets. And fate has been kind: A technical snafu in Intel Corp.'s Pentium chip gives buyers a new reason to consider Power Macs, which use the speedy (and so far flawless) PowerPC chip. Even better: Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 operating system--regarded by industry watchers as a potential "Mac Killer"--has been delayed.

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