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APPLE AND SONY TO OFFER CUSTOMERS AN INTEGRATED NETWORKING SOLUTION

APPLE AND SONY TO OFFER CUSTOMERS AN INTEGRATED NETWORKING SOLUTION
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and the Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) today announced that Sony has licensed Apple's AppleTalk network software, enabling Sony workstations to communicate with a range of computing systems which support AppleTalk.
 Under this agreement, Sony will offer AppleTalk as a networking option for their UNIX-based NEWS workstations by mid 1992. The NEWS workstation is available worldwide.
 AppleTalk, Apple Computer's network operating system, is built into every Macintosh personal computer and is also available on many other vendors' computer systems and network servers. AppleTalk provides users with an intuitive view of network services and ensures these services work in a consistent manner, no matter on which computing platform the protocols reside. The agreement announced today will expand the connectivity options for both Sony and Apple Macintosh customers. The four key benefits of this agreement are:
 -- Simplified connectivity: Users of Macintosh computers and Sony NEWS workstations will be able to interconnect machines on local area networks.
 -- Powerful services: Sony's RISC-based workstations will provide powerful AppleTalk network services such as file service and print service.
 -- High-speed networking: Macintosh computers and Sony workstations will communicate via AppleTalk over high-speed (up to 10Mbits/sec.), industry-standard Ethernet.
 -- Ease of use: Macintosh users will be able to access information and services on Sony NEWS workstations using the Macintosh computer's consistent, intuitive human interface.
 According to Jim Groff, director of marketing for Apple's Enterprise Systems Division, "Sony's licensing of AppleTalk furthers Apple's goal of making the Macintosh interoperable with all major computing platforms. Macintosh computer users will have transparent, high-speed access to information, services and peripherals on Sony NEWS workstations."
 "The demand for simple integration between Macintosh and UNIX machines is increasing in a wide variety of corporate and scientific sites," noted Dr. Toshi T. Doi, senior general manager, Supermicro Systems Group. "Through the simplicity of AppleTalk's 'plug and play' design, users can now easily access the power of a RISC workstation or server in their microcomputer environment."
 Apple has also licensed the AppleTalk protocols to such companies as Adobe Systems, Novell, Digital Equipment Corp., IBM, Banyan Systems, Microsoft, Tandem Computers and Pacer Software. Pacer, in turn, has licensed AppleTalk to such companies as Data General, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Lotus Development.
 Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer systems for use in business, education, science and engineering, government and the home. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer
industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries. Through its advanced technology, the company seeks to provide individuals and organizations with easy and affordable access to information and computing power.
 Sony Corp. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of video and audio equipment, televisions, displays, semiconductors, computers and information related products such as micro floppy disk systems. Keenly aware of the inter-related nature of software and hardware, Sony is bolstering its presence in the music and image based software markets through Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. A firm commitment to research and development has helped Sony build a reputation as a pacesetter in the electronic equipment industry.
 Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and AppleTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Sony and NEWS are registered trademarks of Sony Corp. NEWS is a trademark of Sony Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Keith Kelly of Apple Computer Inc., 408-974-2133; Leah Strauss of Regis McKenna, 415-354-4479, for Apple Computer Inc.; Jonathan Hirshon of Sony Corporation of America, 201-930-7454/
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