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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Apple Networks

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer Inc. is developing low-cost network computers that will run Macintosh software, to be introduced in early 1998.

Apple board member Larry Ellison told reporters at an industry conference in Los Angeles the so-called network computers would use the Macintosh operating system.

He declined to say when the computers would be introduced. Published reports said the devices would be available early next year.

Ellison, chief executive of database software firm Oracle Corp. and a strong supporter of the network computer, said the recent appointment of Apple co-founder Steven Jobs as interim chief executive at Apple was a boost for the troubled computer maker.