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APPLE ANNOUNCES POWERPC UPGRADE PLANS FOR WORKGROUP SERVERS

 LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced it would offer PowerPC microprocessor upgrades for its current line of Apple Workgroup Servers. With this announcement, Apple extends its commitment to provide PowerPC processor upgrades to all three models of the Apple Workgroup Server. Apple currently plans to incorporate the powerful RISC-based microprocessor, designed in conjunction with IBM and Motorola, into its line of Macintosh personal computers and servers beginning in the first half of 1994.
 Announcing the upgrade plan at Apple's Worldwide Sales Conference in Las Vegas, Morris Taradalsky, Apple Business Systems (ABS) vice president and general manager, said owners of Apple Workgroup Server 60, 80 and 95 will have the option to upgrade to PowerPC processor based systems running a version of the Macintosh System 7.0 operating system for the PowerPC processor. The current Workgroup Server 60, 80 and 95, based on the Motorola 68040 microprocessor, are planned to continue to be offered along with PowerPC platforms.
 Taradalsky also said enhancements were planned for the popular Apple Workgroup Server 95, running A/UX, Apple's version of UNIX with a Macintosh user interface, to further boost performance and expansion. Apple also plans to provide an upgrade path from the Workgroup Server 95 to even higher performance, UNIX-based servers utilizing a PowerPC processor.
 By providing an upgrade path both for Macintosh System 7.0 Workgroup Server 60 and 80 as well as the A/UX-based Workgroup Server 95, Apple believes that customers will have a range of robust, scalable and flexible client/server solutions, further enhancing the return on their Apple Workgroup Server investment.
 "Apple intends to ensure that its Workgroup Server customers have a smooth transition to PowerPC technology by providing a clear hardware and operating system upgrade path," said Taradalsky. "ABS intends to provide PowerPC platforms that protect and extend systems customers' investments. By keeping the 68040 processor systems in the line, we plan to have a wider range of hardware and operating system options for customers from which to choose."
 Upgrade Strategy
 Specifics on the various upgrade options should be made available when PowerPC microprocessor Workgroup Server products are announced.
 "Our aim in providing these PowerPC processor upgrades is to protect customers' investments in client/server applications," said Jim Groff, senior director for LAN systems with Apple's ABS Division. "We intend to retain a high degree of compatibility with existing Workgroup Server applications. Apple is also working closely with key developers to ensure their applications will take advantage of PowerPC performance."
 ABS plans to produce versions of the AppleShare file and print server software, AppleTalk Remote Access and its recently announced AppleSearch product that will run on its PowerPC processor-based servers, Groff said.
 Improved Performance
 PowerPC offers performance improvements over current CISC-based microprocessors and competitive offerings. This new level of performance translates into improved speed, enhanced scalability and reliability for mission critical applications. In May, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple demonstrated for the first time a prototype PowerPC processor based system.
 Over time, Apple plans to offer a full range of products based on PowerPC, from entry-level to high-end Macintosh personal computers and servers. The new computers will offer developers and customers high performance and a variety of new features at competitive prices.
 Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use 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.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, A/UX, AppleShare and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the US and other countries; AppleSearch is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corp. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671; or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple Computer/
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