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 BOSTON, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced the first computer display with integrated audio and video capabilities, including built-in stereo speakers and microphone. The Apple AudioVision 14 Display enhances the telecommunications, speech and video technologies of Macintosh computers, particularly the newly announced Macintosh Quadra 840AV and Macintosh Centris 660AV.
 "With the Apple AudioVision 14 Display, we are continuing our groundbreaking work in the area of simplification through integration. No other computer display on the market today provides the uniquely integrated audio capabilities which this product offers with its built-in microphone and stereo speakers," said Don Strickland, vice president, Imaging Systems Division. "By combining audio and video capabilities, Apple has greatly enhanced the communications and computing experience for Macintosh customers, particularly those customers interested in teleconferencing and telecommuting, and in multimedia authoring and interactive learning."
 When combined with the new Quadra 840AV or Centris 660AV, this display provides full support for voice annotation and e-mail, as well as interactive, real-time telecommunications allowing customers to use their Macintosh as a speaker phone while working on other applications. Additionally, individuals interested in creating or playing back multimedia applications and titles will have easy access to high-quality sound from audio CDs, CDROMs and directly out of the Macintosh.
 The Apple AudioVision 14 Display also connects to a variety of other Macintosh models including all Macintosh II, LC, Macintosh Centris and Quadra lines, as well as all PowerBooks with video out. This provides a variety of existing Macintosh users, as well as those who choose not to purchase a Macintosh with AV Technologies capabilities, access to voice input and high-quality sound output.
 The AudioVision 14 Display features a highly directional microphone embedded in the front center bezel of the display. The high quality of the microphone, which uses the same class of capsule used in lavalier mics, provides for the best possible speech recognition and annotation in an office environment. In addition, its placement in relationship to the built-in speakers enables hands-free speaker phone use.
 "The integrated microphone and speaker placement of the Apple AudioVision 14 Display is so unique that Apple currently has several patents pending for the design. Macintosh users who purchase this product will get a fully-integrated audio and visual display that will make it even easier for them to take advantage of today's sound-rich and emerging communications applications," said William Oxford, Ph.D., manager of Desktop Macintosh Audio Technologies.
 The display's stereo speakers were designed specifically with the work environment in mind. Engineered for close-in listening, they provide a superior sound experience and minimal sound spillover to co-workers in surrounding areas.
 Customers can personalize the various sound levels for system alerts, sound out of the computer (such as from QuickTime movies), stereo speakers, and stereo headphones through on-screen preferences or front control panels. Computer users, and eventually application programs, can provide customized screen and sound settings.
 The Apple AudioVision 14 Display provides exceptional brightness and clarity, flicker-free performance and 640 x 480 pixel resolution on its 14" Trinitron CRT. Additionally, it offers a power saver mode that complies with Energy Star guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Future system extensions will allow all current Macintosh models that support video output to activate this energy efficiency feature. The Apple AudioVision 14 Display also meets SWEDAC MPR-2 international guidelines for ELF/VLF magnetic and electric emissions.
 The Apple AudioVision 14 Display was designed with keeping the daily activities of the computer user in mind, and their need for a product that is easily connected and adjusted to their needs at any particular moment in time. Video controls such as contrast and brightness, and audio controls such as volume and microphone enable, are strategically placed on the front of the monitor, within easy reach of someone sitting in front of their Macintosh.
 Availability and Pricing
 The U.S. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for the Apple AudioVision 14 Display is $775. The display is available immediately through Apple authorized dealers worldwide.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. develops manufactures and markets computer systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries. Apple's Macintosh computers and LaserWriter printers were ranked highest in user satisfaction among business users in recent studies by J.D. Power and Associates.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Centris, Quadra and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Energy Star is a trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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