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APPLE INTRODUCES SNA.PS 5250 TERMINAL EMULATOR FOR IBM AS/400 SYSTEMS; FIRST APPLE PRODUCT TO BE SOLD BY BOTH APPLE AND IBM

 CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the continuing efforts of Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) to develop products that integrate Apple Macintosh personal computers with IBM systems and networks, Apple today announced its SNA.ps 5250 emulation software package which allows Macintosh users to access applications residing on IBM's Application System/400 family of midrange computers. The SNA.ps 5250 is the first Apple product, developed under the Apple/IBM Enterprise Networking Initiative, to be sold by both Apple and IBM.
 The new emulator expands Apple's SNA.ps family of System Network Architecture (SNA) products which allow users to integrate Macintosh computers with IBM SNA networks. The SNA.ps 5250 is client software which provides Macintosh computer users with a complete emulation of IBM's 5250 family of terminals. With SNA.ps 5250, any Macintosh personal computer -- from the PowerBook 145 to the Macintosh Quadra 950 -- can access the extensive suite of applications available on IBM's AS/400 systems. SNA.ps 5250 enables both standalone as well as network access to the AS/400.
 The product supports both Token-Ring and SDLC attachments to the SNA network, and LocalTalk, Ethernet, and Token-Ring connections to AppleTalk networks when running as a client to a SNA.ps Gateway. It supports all IBM 5250 screen display formats, as well as keyboard remapping and keystroke recording to enhance its ease of use. SNA.ps also supports standard Macintosh copy-and-paste techniques, enabling the user to smoothly integrate AS/400 data into their Macintosh applications. In addition, the SNA.ps 5250 includes SNA.ps Print application software, allowing Macintosh users to print directly from the AS/400 to any printer on their AppleTalk network.
 "Apple's new emulator is the latest fruit born from the Apple/IBM alliance and highlights our effort to better integrate Apple and IBM computing environments," said Morris Taradalsky, Apple's vice president and general manager for the Enterprise Systems Division. "The fact that the product is now being sold by both Apple and IBM only underscores our combined intent to give users the ease of use of the Macintosh computer, as well as access to the 20,000 applications available for IBM's popular AS/400 product family."
 Apple's SNA.ps family is a broad set of protocols and services for Macintosh users who want to integrate their personal computers with IBM's SNA environments. The SNA.ps products offer concurrent support for terminal emulation, host based printing and peer-to-peer communication in SNA networks from a single Macintosh computer or an AppleTalk network. The SNA.ps product line consists of four products: SNA.ps Gateway, SNA.ps 3270, SNA.ps Print and SNA.ps 5250.
 The SNA.ps Gateway and SNA.ps 5250 packages provide APPC connections for Apple's Data Access Language (DAL) Server for AS/400, which allows Macintosh computers to transparently access relational databases on AS/400 systems. Data Access Language is a SQL standard-based connectivity language which provides users with a consistent interface from the desktop to the information residing on a variety of servers and host computers, including IBM, Digital, UNIX and other computers. With this consistent interface, Macintosh users can easily integrate information from the server or host computer into off-the-shelf applications for further analysis, manipulation and reporting.
 IBM's Client Series
 SNA.ps 5250 software will also be sold by IBM as part of the AS/400 Client Series, an array of end-user products and application development tools designed for client/server computing. These product offerings provide the software packages and support needed to build, install and use client/server solutions.
 SNA.ps 5250 implements components outlined in Apple's VITAL (Virtually Integrated Technical Architecture Lifecycle) integration framework. VITAL is a detailed set of technical guidelines to assist customers with corporate information systems planning, design and development.
 SNA.ps 5250 is an Apple product developed under the Enterprise Networking Initiative, one of five initiatives that comprise the milestone Apple/IBM alliance agreement signed Oct. 2, 1991. The Enterprise Networking Initiative covers both planned and existing products that will allow customers to integrate their Macintosh personal computers more effectively with IBM mainframe, midrange and departmental networks.
 Pricing and Availability
 SNA.ps 5250 is scheduled to be available in June 1993 from Apple authorized resellers or by calling The Apple Catalog at 1-800-795-1000. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for a single, standalone version is $345 (U.S.). Pricing for the client/server version will vary depending on the number of clients on a network. Pricing and availability outside the United States will vary by country. For more information, call the Network Information Line at 408-862-3385.
 Availability of the AS/400 Client Series varies by products with some offerings available immediately from IBM. The SNA.ps 5250 product is scheduled to be included in the Client Series on June 25, 1993. Pricing for the Client Series will vary depending on the package requirements. For more information, contact an IBM marketing representative or call 1-800-IBM-CALL. For press inquiries, contact Jeff Cross at 914-642-5358.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk and LocalTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. PowerBook and Macintosh Quadra are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. IBM, Application System/400, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Client Series is a trademark of International Business Machines Corp.
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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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