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APPLE INTRODUCES NEW REMOTE ACCESS PRODUCT FAMILY

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today unveiled a new family of remote access products at the COMDEX computer
trade show. The new Apple Remote Access product family includes both hardware and software which allows individuals or workgroups to easily access information and services remotely over a variety of connections, ranging from telephone lines to cellular telephone links.
 The new product family includes the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server, Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh and Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh, in addition to expansion products such as an X.25 network extension kit. The new line replaces Apple's current remote access product -- AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0 -- providing users and organizations with greater configuration flexibility, enhanced network manageability and more powerful security features. Apple also announced its intention to introduce a remote access client for Microsoft Windows and multiprotocol support in 1994.
 "Our aim with these products is to give mobile workers and telecommuters the same access to information and services they would have in their offices -- all with the traditional Apple ease of use," said Morris Taradalsky, vice president and general manager for the Apple Business Systems (ABS) Division. "Growth in the mobile workforce, including business travelers and telecommuters, means remote users increasingly need to access pertinent information no matter where they are -- in the office, at home or traveling abroad. Our new remote access product family allows them to easily perform anytime, anywhere computing with the flexibility and improved security our customers have asked for."
 Apple has been a leader in remote access technology since 1991. Its newest products are to designed to allow users to easily connect a desktop Macintosh or PowerBook notebook computer remotely to another Macintosh computer or an entire AppleTalk network. Additionally, Apple has begun bundling the Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh on its PowerBook notebook computer line in the United States. Low-cost upgrades from AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0 to the new Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh and Client for Macintosh are also available.
 Major third-party vendors have also announced support for the AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP) 2.0, the Apple Remote Access Client Application Programming Interface (API) and Apple Remote Access Security APIs. This means third-party products -- which add functionality to Apple's remote access product family -- will be widely available. For example, the Apple Remote Access Security API architecture is supported by leading third-party security vendors such as Security Dynamics, Inc. and Digital Pathways, Inc. (Refer to related press release -- Apple Announces Third-Party Vendor Support For Apple Remote Access Product Family -- for more information). This allows network administrators to augment Apple's built-in security features with additional security modules.
 New Multiline Capabilities
 The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server provides a flexible, scalable and secure way to offer remote network access to workgroups or entire organizations. It includes a four-port remote access serial card and cable, and requires a Macintosh computer with one or more NuBus slots. More ports can be easily added by installing additional serial cards and cables with the Apple Remote Access 4-Port Expansion Kit, converting a single Macintosh computer into a server that can support up to 16 simultaneous dial-up connections.
 The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server offers a host of sophisticated security features that allow administrators to maintain the integrity of the network. These features -- such as password aging, location validation, and the ability to filter access to network services -- make it one of the most secure remote access servers available.
 Additionally, the MultiPort Server is designed to streamline administrative tasks, while maximizing administrator productivity and control. The software installs in minutes and features sophisticated management capabilities, including support for the industry-standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). This allows administrators to flexibly manage and maintain connections. Adding ports is simple and the server features an automatically generated activity log that can be exported to a variety of programs for further analysis.
 "Apple's remote access products are just one of several workgroup services and systems we have developed, including AppleShare, Apple Internet Router, AppleSearch, PowerTalk, PowerShare and the Apple Workgroup Servers, that can make organizations more productive and effective," said Anthony Bay, product line manager for Apple workgroup systems. "Since all of these services work together, customers can consolidate them on a single system to maximize their investment."
 Remote Access for Individuals and Small Organizations
 The Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh is a complete single line server software solution. It includes all the software needed for one Macintosh computer to communicate with another Macintosh computer or an entire AppleTalk network over standard telephone connections. It comes with both client and server software, giving users the software needed for both the
calling and answering computer. It can be easily installed in minutes with one-button installation and requires no specialized technical knowledge or special equipment. It is designed to help make individuals and smaller workgroups more productive and efficient no matter where they are.
 The new single line personal server replaces Apple's current remote access product -- AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0. Like the previous version, the Personal Server enables individuals in remote locations to access all Macintosh network resources, including other Macintosh computers or file servers, electronic mail, calendars, software applications and network printers. It also features built-in industry standard data compression and error detection, security options and an activity log that tracks remote access usage.
 Client Software for Macintosh
 The Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh provides an easy and affordable way for a user to remotely connect a desktop Apple Macintosh or PowerBook computer to any Apple Remote Access-compatible server, including the Apple's MultiPort and Personal Server software.
 Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh software is designed to help make users more efficient and productive wherever they are. It installs in minutes and is easy to use, minimizing the need for ongoing support. The software's new built-in DialAssist technology, for example, makes dialing back to the office network simple, even for international travelers. It lets users build dialing sequences that help mask the complexities of worldwide telephone system -- so they can connect easily from anywhere in the world. Additionally, Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh has features that help users manage everything from repeat connections to connection time.
 Compatibility
 In addition to wide third-party support, all of the Apple Remote Access products support a range of network types, including LocalTalk, Ethernet and Token Ring. They also support Apple's System 7 operating system software allowing administrators and users to work with familiar Macintosh feature such as the Chooser, Alias Manager and the Finder. The product family is also compatible with a wide range of industry standard modems from a variety of popular third- party vendors. The new Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh can also be set for server compatibility with any product compatible with the AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP), including AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0.
 Product Support
 For U.S. customers, the Apple Remote Access product family includes lifetime, basic up and running support at no charge during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Additional support is available through the Interactive Voice Response System which offers a 24 hour common questions & answers line and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-SOS-APPL. For information about product support outside the United States, contact the local Apple subsidiary or distributor.
 Availability and Pricing
 The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server, Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh and Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh are now shipping to authorized Apple resellers and dealers. Associated remote access products, including the Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh 10-Pack, Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh Upgrade Kit(A) and the Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh Upgrade Kit(A), are also available immediately. The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server X.25 Extension Kit is expected to be available in Spring 1994.
 Prices quoted below are manufacturer's suggested retail prices in the United States. Prices and configurations will vary outside the United States. For the name of a nearby authorized Apple reseller or dealer in the United States, call 800-538-9696. For more information on the Apple Remote Access product family, contact the Apple Network Information Line at 408-862-3385.
 Product SRP in U.S.
-- Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh $249.00
 (includes a single client and server software, and
 Monday-Friday, 8-hour per day support in the U.S.) -- Apple Remote Access Personal Server for Macintosh
 Upgrade Kit(A) $79.00
-- Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server $1,799.00
 (includes server and 4-client software, serial
 card and cable and Monday-Friday, 8-hour per day
 support in the U.S.) -- Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 4-Port
 Expansion Kit $1,499.00
 (includes 4-port installation kit, 4 clients,
 serial card and cable)
-- Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server X.25 Extension Kit TBD
-- Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh (Single Pack) $69.00
-- Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh 10-Pack $599.00
-- Apple Remote Access Client for Macintosh Upgrade Kit(A) $29.00
 (A) For AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0 users; proof of purchase required.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic 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.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, PowerBook, AppleShare, AppleTalk, PowerTalk, PowerShare and LocalTalk are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. System 7, DialAssist and AppleSearch are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671; or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple/
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