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APPLE SHIPS SYSTEM 7.1; WITH THE INCORPORATION OF WORLDSCRIPT, THE MACINTOSH IS NOW WORLD-READY

 APPLE SHIPS SYSTEM 7.1; WITH THE INCORPORATION OF WORLDSCRIPT,
 THE MACINTOSH IS NOW WORLD-READY
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced it is shipping Version 7.1 of the widely acclaimed System 7 operating system for the Apple Macintosh personal computer. System 7.1 incorporates Apple's WorldScript technology, which enables Apple to offer System 7 for the first time to customers in Japan, China, and other Asian countries with "double-byte" languages, whose large character sets require two bytes of the computer's memory to address each character.
 Because WorldScript provides the Macintosh system software with inherent support for virtually every written language, Apple is now able to quickly localize the Macintosh computer for non-Roman languages, affording nearly simultaneous delivery of computer products throughout most parts of the world. Previously, Apple, like other personal computer companies, has had to re-engineer the system software to support these languages, causing a time-lag between introduction of a new Macintosh computer in the Americas or Western Europe, and that same computer in Asia, Africa or Eastern Europe. With the release of System 7.1, Apple can ship Macintosh computers with the same system- software architecture anywhere in the world, after making what are now routine software changes for language-specific support.
 "The emergence of the Macintosh computer as the only world-ready personal computer system parallels Apple's emergence as a truly global company with customers throughout the world," said Roger Heinen, senior vice president and general manager of Apple's Macintosh software architecture division. "We must strive to provide equal consideration to many markets worldwide.
 "At the same time, many of our customers are themselves part of global organizations -- multinational businesses, government and private agencies, universities -- and require Macintosh computers in many different languages, all running the same version of system software. We're delighted that we can meet these customers' needs."
 The new ease-of-localization for the Macintosh computer will also provide software developers with greater access to a worldwide market. One software architecture for all languages reduces the cost and development time for developing applications for a wider range of languages. Apple expects this to result in the availability of higher quality applications in many new markets, as developers are able to steer resources away from time-consuming localization and toward enhancement of the applications' features.
 Other Advancements in System 7.1
 New Fonts Folder -- With System 7.1, Apple provides seamless type integration, making it even easier for customers to work with multiple fonts on the Macintosh computer. The new version has a Fonts folder that contains all of a user's fonts, regardless of font format. With one location for all bitmap, TrueType and Adobe Type 1 fonts, users can quickly install or remove any font. Previously, bitmap and TrueType fonts have been stored in the System file, and Type 1 fonts have been stored separately, after being installed with Adobe Type Manager software.
 Modular Support for New Macintosh Computers -- System 7.1 incorporates a new method for supporting new models of Macintosh computers. Until now, Apple has modified the system software each time it has released a new Macintosh model. Beginning with System 7.1, Apple will ship each new computer system with a drop-in software module that enables the currently shipping version of the operating system to automatically support that new Macintosh computer. Thus, customers and developers will no longer have to worry about testing and upgrading to a new version of the operating system every time Apple introduces a new Macintosh computer. These software modules, called "system enablers," will be subsequently rolled into the core operating system with the next major release.
 TuneUp Integration -- Apple has integrated the System 7 TuneUp software (previously installed separately) into System 7.1, simplifying systems administration and providing greater overall system stability. The TuneUp software also improves memory management, especially in low- memory conditions. Non-networked Macintosh systems save approximately 100K-200K of RAM.
 QuickTime 1.5 Bundled -- QuickTime 1.5, also introduced today, is bundled with System 7.1 upgrade products. This latest version of QuickTime, Apple's system-software extension that manages sound, video and animation, features several enhancements, including a larger screen size for video playback; complete support for full-screen, full-motion digital video cards; fully integrated support for Kodak Photo CD; improved CD-ROM and network data handling; 1-bit fast dithering for playback on Macintosh PowerBook and other monochrome screens; generic media handlers that let developers create new movie-track types; and closed captioning.
 Enabling Multi-Language Computing -- The WorldScript technology in System 7.1 provides built-in potential for multi-language computing on the Macintosh computer. As a result, software modules can be created so that a user can work in many different languages on the same computer to create multi-language documents. Apple has tested the technology with some customers, and plans to offer language modules in the future.
 File Sharing -- In response to customer requests, the File Sharing security feature has been made more secure, by removing "guest access" by default.
 Database Access -- Apple's Database Access Language (DAL) driver software has been unbundled from System 7.1, freeing up system memory, and simplifying system set-up for customers who do not require database access on servers. The DAL software will be offered in a software solution kit for end users and inhouse developers, and it will contain several network protocol adapters, a tester application, and an installation and user's guide.
 Compatibility
 System 7.1 is compatible with virtually all applications that run on System 7. AppleShare customers using System 7.1 should upgrade to AppleShare 3.0.1. MacTCP customers using System 7.1 should upgrade to MacTCP 1.1.1.
 Pricing and Product Configurations
 System 7.1 is shipping with all new Macintosh computers introduced today -- Macintosh IIvi and IIvx, Macintosh Duo System, Macintosh PowerBook 160 and 180. Over the next few weeks, it will begin shipping on all existing Macintosh models.
 System 7.1 will also be available in the following software-only configurations, all of which include one year of toll-free telephone upgrade support from Apple:
 System 7.1 Update Kit -- This single-user package provides the software necessary for current System 7 users to upgrade to System 7.1. It includes 1.4 MB (or 800K) system disks, a QuickTime 1.5 disk, and the System 7.1 Update Guide.
 In the United States, the System 7.1 Update Kit is available directly from Apple by calling 800-769-2775. It is priced at U.S. $34.95. Outside the United States, availability and pricing vary by country.
 System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit -- This single-user package provides the software necessary for an installed-base customer to upgrade from Version 6.0x of Macintosh system software to System 7.1. The kit contains six 1.4 MB system disks, a QuickTime 1.5 disk, and a disk with the Compatibility Checker software, which customers can use to check the compatibility between System 7.1 and their current applications. The System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit also contains the Desktop Macintosh User's Guide and the System 7 Upgrade Guide. For a limited time, Apple's At Ease software is bundled with this upgrade kit.
 In the United States, the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit is available through a wide variety of software resellers and Apple authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $99. Outside the United States, the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit is available through Apple Authorized resellers. Pricing varies by country.
 In the United States, customers who purchased Version 7.0 of the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit after Sept. 1, 1992, will receive the Version 7.1 product free of charge by providing proof of purchase. For more information, customers should call 800-769-2775.
 System 7 MultiPack -- This 10-user package provides the software necessary for an installed-based customer to upgrade up to ten users from Version 6.0x of Macintosh system software to System 7.1. The MultiPack contains a CD-ROM with the 7.1 system software, in several language versions, QuickTime 1.5, the Compatibility Checker, and system enablers. The MultiPack also contains the same software on 1.4 MB floppy disks, as well as the Desktop Macintosh User's Guide, the System 7 Upgrade Guide, and the Administrator's Handbook.
 In the United States, the System 7 MultiPack is available on Nov. 30, 1992, through a wide variety of software resellers and Apple authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $499. Outside the United States, the System 7 MultiPack will be available through Apple Authorized resellers. Pricing varies by country.
 Customers in the United States who purchased the System 7 Group Upgrade Kit after Sept. 1, 1992, will receive System 7.1 free of charge by providing proof of purchase. For more information, customers should call 800-769-2775.
 Customers in the United States who do not have an Apple SuperDrive and require 800K floppy disks may call 800-769-2775 to obtain these disks from Apple at no charge, after purchasing the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit or System 7 MultiPack.
 Volume Purchases -- After Nov. 30, 1992, Apple plans to offer a volume-purchase plan for customers with large installations of Macintosh computers. For more information, customers should call 800-769-2775 or their Apple representative.
 System 7.1 Products for Asian Markets
 KanjiTalk 7, the Japanese version of the System 7.1 product is available immediately in Japan. The product includes all features of System 7.1, plus the Kotoeri input method and seven new Kanji TrueType fonts.
 Availability of other selected System 7.1 products for Asian customers is as follows:
 Product Availability
 Korean version of System 7.1 Nov. 1, 1992
 Thai version of System 7.1 Nov. 15, 1992
 ChineseTalk II (Traditional) Nov. 15, 1992
 System 7 (Chinese/simplified) Jan. 15, 1992
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, PowerBook and AppleShare are registered trademarks, and System 7, TrueType, WorldScript, QuickTime, Performa, Duo System, At Ease and SuperDrive are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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