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20 APPLE PRODUCTS RECEIVE GOVERNMENT'S NEW 'ENERGY STAR' FOR POWER EFFICIENCY

 CUPERTINO, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) announced it is offering a broad range of products that comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new Energy Star criteria for low-power consumption. For many current Macintosh owners, the company is also providing upgrades that make their Apple products use less electricity. At a White House press conference today the EPA will officially release the Energy Star emblem for display with energy-efficient computers and peripherals.
 The Energy Star program, a cooperative effort between government and industry, is expected to save consumers electricity costs and reduce air pollution caused by energy production. According to the EPA, reducing the energy consumed by computers in the United States will save enough electricity by the end of the decade to eliminate 10 coal-fired power plants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 5 million cars. The Agency estimates that users of Energy Star computers will save $2 billion annually.
 "Apple is committed to producing products in a manner that conserves the environment. Energy-efficiency is a step further toward managing the environmental impacts of computersPfrom their design to eventual disposal," said Fred Forsyth, senior vice president and general manager, Macintosh Systems Division. "We plan to provide energy-saving features across current and future product lines, and whenever possible to offer upgrades to our installed base," he added.
 Apple was an early participant in the Energy Star program, working with a few other manufacturers to help the EPA develop its technical criteria. The program was announced one year ago, allowing industry time to develop engineering designs and marketing plans. President Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order in April that requires all federal agencies to purchase only computers that meet the Energy Star requirements, providing they are commercially available and meet the agency's performance requirements.
 The Apple Personal LaserWriter 300, introduced this week, is one of the first printers designed with an energy conservation mode. It is always "asleep" unless it is actually printing. While in sleep mode, the Personal LaserWriter 300 uses less than 5 watts of power, or the equivalent of a television set that is turned off. While printing, it uses 120 watts, less than one-half the power of most laser printers.
 The Apple Macintosh Color Classic, introduced February 1993, was the industry's first desktop computer system that automatically reduces power consumption to less than 25 watts when it is idle. Through the Macintosh screen control panel, users simply define the period of time that the computer can be inactive before the sleep mode starts. A recent Apple survey of Color Classic users indicated that over 80 percent were consistently using the sleep mode feature and valued the energy savings capability.
 To qualify for an Energy Star a computer or monitor must use no more than 30 watts of energy to operate or automatically "power-down" after a period of inactivity. An integrated monitor and CPU must use 60 watts or less. The requirements for desktop printers are specific to particular performance categories: 1-7 pages-per-minute, 30 watts after 15 minutes; 8-14 pages-per-minute, 30 watts after 30 minutes; color laser printers and more than 15 pages-per-minute, 45 watts after 60 minutes.
 The following Apple products comply with Energy Star requirements. The new energy savings features have not increased unit prices of these Apple products.
 Currently shipping Installed base
 Macintosh Classic II Macintosh SE and SE/30
 Macintosh Color Classic Macintosh Classic
 Macintosh LC III Macintosh LC
 Macintosh Performa 200 Macintosh LCII
 Macintosh Performa 400 Macintosh IIsi
 Macintosh Performa 405 PowerBook 100
 Macintosh Performa 430 PowerBook 140
 Macintosh Performa 450 PowerBook 160
 PowerBook 145 and 145c StyleWriter
 PowerBook 165c Apple IIGS
 PowerBook 170 Apple IIe
 PowerBook 180 and 180c Apple IIc Plus
 Macintosh 12" Monochrome Display
 Macintosh 14" Color Display (M1198LL/B)(A)
 ImageWriter II
 StyleWriter II
 Apple Color Printer
 Personal LaserWriter 300 (A)=limited availability until
 Fall 1993
 In addition to the above products, Apple is providing energy savings capability to the installed base of LaserWriter Pro 600 and 630 printers by offering special software upgrades through the Apple Assistance Center.
 The Smartbar line of products from Sequence Electronics, offers a range of options for bringing Energy Star capability to the Macintosh Centris 610 and 650, the Macintosh Quadra 800 and 950 and the Macintosh IIvx as well as most Macintosh computers and monitors introduced since 1986. These products allow most Macintosh computers or displays to automatically power-down after a period of inactivity without loss of data. A touch of the keyboard or mouse energizes
the system. Apple plans to make the Smartbar products available through the Apple retail catalog beginning today for special 30-day promotional prices that range from $59 to $129.
 Customers who want more information on Apple products that meet the Energy Star requirements for low power consumption or who want the LaserWriter Pro software upgrade should call the Apple Assistance Center at 800-776-2333. For more information about Smartbar, contact Sequence Electronics at 800-663-1833. For more information on Energy Star programs, contact Brian Johnson in EPA Global Change Division at 202-233-9114.
 Apple believes that a comprehensive environmental program is an essential component of doing business. Current corporate programs include battery and toner cartridge recycling programs for customers, environmentally sensitive packaging, energy-efficient products, a worldwide chlorofluorocarbon elimination policy, product grants to environmental groups, internal recycling, and environmental volunteer and education programs for employees.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, ImageWriter, StyleWriter, LaserWriter and IIGS are registered trademarks; and Centris, Performa, Quadra and PowerBook are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Classic is a registered trademark used under license by Apple. Smartbar is a trademark of Sequence Electronics. Energy Star is a trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.
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 /CONTACT: Marianne Lettieri of Apple Computer, 408-974-1109/
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