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APPLE ANNOUNCES APPLELINK CD; NEW CD-ROM PRODUCT BRINGS VALUABLE INFORMATION TO MACINTOSH USERS FOR A SINGLE ANNUAL FEE

 APPLE ANNOUNCES APPLELINK CD; NEW CD-ROM PRODUCT BRINGS VALUABLE
 INFORMATION TO MACINTOSH USERS FOR A SINGLE ANNUAL FEE
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced AppleLink CD, an information resource product on CD-ROM. AppleLink CD delivers regular editions of Apple and third party product and support information for a single annual subscription fee.
 AppleLink CD offers Macintosh computer users access to a wealth of information previously available only through AppleLink, Apple's global electronic communications and information service. Unlike most on-line services, however, the new product requires no modems, special phone lines, or extra software. With only a Macintosh personal computer and a Macintosh-compatible CD-ROM drive, users can explore technical, product, program and special interest information without time or cost limitations.
 "AppleLink CD helps to create an information-rich computing environment for Macintosh users," said Peter Friedman, director of Apple Online Services. "AppleLink CD will bring together much of the high quality information from Apple and third parties that's behind AppleLink -- essentially making it the easiest and most cost-effective way to access AppleLink information without actually going on-line."
 The familiar Macintosh interface, combined with an on-line help feature, makes AppleLink CD easy to setup, learn and use. And the yearly one-time fee means users don't have to worry about cost or time limitations as they would if they were accessing the information on-line. The multi-user version of AppleLink CD will allow additional users to access the information as a shared volume on an AppleTalk network.
 Information Content
 Each edition of AppleLink CD will include an extensive technical information library, the same one used by Apple's own technical support staff as well as product data, public articles and documentation for solutions to hardware and software problems. Also included on the CD will be descriptions of Apple products, and technical, marketing and support materials from more than 400 Macintosh-compatible hardware and software manufacturers.
 A special Software Sampler section will contain 15MB of Apple software updates as well as free software and shareware for the Macintosh. Users will be able to download free software demonstrations and review new software programs.
 In addition, the special interest areas will allow users to browse numerous bulletin board conferences from the extensive AppleLink on- line discussion areas or investigate specific topic areas such as K-12 education, multimedia, enterprise computing and design & publishing.
 AppleLink CD is produced by Apple's information services unit, Apple Online Services (AOS). Other Apple Online Services products include AppleLink, Apple's global on-line professional service. Introduced in 1985 to enhance communication between Apple Computer, its business partners and customers, AppleLink today includes over 50,000 subscribers in the worldwide Apple Community in 55 countries.
 System Configuration
 AppleLink CD requires a Macintosh computer running System 6.0.7 or later and a Macintosh-compatible CD-ROM drive. 4MB (RAM) random access memory is required.
 Price and Availability
 AppleLink CD will be available worldwide in January 1993. Initially, AppleLink CD will be available through an annual subscription for four quarterly editions; other options may become available in the future. Pricing and availability will vary by country.
 In the United States, a one-year subscription, which includes four quarterly editions, is available in a single-user version for $299 or a mutli-user version for $649. Please check with your Apple representative or in the United States, call the Apple Online Services HelpLine at 408-974-3309 for more information or to order (after Jan. 1, 1993). A special evaluation version of AppleLink CD is available through a limited offer in the U.S. by calling 408-974-3309.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks; AppleLink and AppleLink CD are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Lynda Lucero of Apple Computer, 408-974-7899/
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