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APPLE INTRODUCES POWERFUL NEW MACINTOSH LC II

 APPLE INTRODUCES POWERFUL NEW MACINTOSH LC II
 CUPERTINO, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc.


today announced the new Apple Macintosh LC II, a powerful new computer based on the Motorola 68030 processor. The new Macintosh LC II integrates the color text and graphics, sound input, and optional Apple II software available on the original LC, making a proven winner an even better product.
 "Since it was introduced, the original Macintosh LC has become Apple's most popular and most affordable color Macintosh. We believe the Macintosh LC II will attract even more people to low-cost color computing," said Fred Forsyth, Apple's senior vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Hardware Division. "With the addition of the 030 processor, we add virtual memory to the already rich list of features of the original Macintosh LC, including all the color advantages, consistency across applications, and built-in networking."
 In addition to virtual memory, the 16MHz Motorola 68030 microprocessor, the Macintosh LC II provides a performance foundation that is more than twice as fast as the Macintosh Classic. It comes standard with a 40MB or 80MB internal hard disk drive to provide ample storage for files and applications. The LC II has 4MB of RAM built into the logic board, providing users with the most popular configuration as a standard feature. The LC II can be expanded to up to 10MB to allow users to upgrade as needs increase. Also standard on the LC II is an internal 1.44MB Apple SuperDrive floppy disk drive, which allows users to easily exchange data files between Macintosh, OS/2, MS-DOS, and Apple II ProDOS systems. As with all Macintosh computers, the Macintosh LC II will run System 6.0.8 and 7.0.1 and above. Sound Input
 The LC comes with a microphone that allows users to record and store their voice in Macintosh documents in much the same way hand- written notes are added to printed documents. And because all Macintosh computers already have the ability to play back sound, the millions of existing Macintosh users benefit from these sound- annotated documents as much as new purchasers. Built-in Support for a Choice of Monitors
 Because monitor support is already built into the modular design of the Macintosh LC II, users can connect a display without having to add a separate video card.
 With an optional Macintosh LC II 512K VRAM (Video Random-Access Memory) SIMM (Single In-line Memory Module), all three monitors are capable of generating even more colors or shades of gray (32,000 colors on Apple's 12-inch color monitor, 256 colors on the 13-inch color monitor, and 256 shades of gray on the 12-inch monochrome monitor). This gives customers more lifelike images and visual depth.
 Designed to be low cost and yet easily customizable, the Macintosh LC II includes several standard features that allow users to expand their system as needed. These features include built-in AppleTalk networking, which allows customers to easily connect their systems to other users, printers and file servers; Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI), which lets customers connect peripherals such as CD-ROM drives, external hard disks, scanners; and Apple Desktop Bus (ADB), which gives customers a standard way to connect keyboards, mice, trackballs, modems and graphics tablets. Apple IIe Compatibility Option
 Among the options for the processor direct slot, Apple is offering an Apple IIe Card that addresses the special needs of education customers with an investment in Apple II technology. This card allows the Macintosh LC II to function as an Apple II and run most all of the 10,000 software programs compatible with the Apple IIe--at the same or better speed and image quality than on an Apple II computer. In addition, the Apple IIe Card allows access to the built-in features of the Macintosh LC II, such as sound output, mouse, modems, file servers, hard disk, floppy disk, monitor and networking. Upgrade Kit
 Macintosh LC owners can upgrade to the Macintosh LC II by having a new 68030 logic board installed by an Apple authorized reseller. Pricing and Availability
 The Macintosh LC II is available immediately through all Apple authorized resellers. It replaces the existing Macintosh LC. The Macintosh LC II comes standard with a mouse, microphone, complete documentation, Macintosh System Software, Claris HyperCard 2.1 software, training disks, and a one-year limited warranty. Manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) in the United States for the Macintosh LC II and related products are as follows:
 Product MSRP
 --Macintosh LC II 4MB, 40MB Hard Disk $ 1,699 Available
 Immediately
 --Macintosh LC II 4MB, 80MB Hard Disk $ 1,849 Available
 Immediately
 Prices and configurations may vary outside the United States.
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 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleColor, AppleTalk and ProDOS are registered trademarks; Apple Desktop Bus and SuperDrive are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. HyperCard is a trademark of Claris Corp.
 /CONTACT: Pat Kinley of Apple Computer Inc., 408-974-5453/
 (AAPL) CO: Apple Computer Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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