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Apple Introduces 600-dpi Workgroup Printers for Macintosh and Windows Computer Users

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6, /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today introduced two new 600 dots-per-inch (dpi) workgroup laser printers that bring exceptional image quality to both Macintosh and Windows computer users. The Apple LaserWriter Pro 600 and Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 offer superior grayscale image quality, high- performance throughput, extensive paper handling capabilities and ease of setup and use in Macintosh, Windows or mixed environments.
 The LaserWriter Pro 600 is designed for small and large business users with general productivity needs. The LaserWriter Pro 630 is a high-performance laser printer designed for small and large business users, as well as graphic design and desktop publishing professionals.
 "These are the highest-quality printers Apple has ever introduced," said John Moon, Apple's vice president of Imaging Products. "We are bringing exceptional print quality, unparallelled ease of use and technological breakthroughs to both Macintosh and Windows customers.
 LaserWriter Pro Series
 Both new laser printers are built on the Canon EX engine, which provides up to 600 dpi resolution and up to 8-page-per-minute throughput. A new, finer-grained toner -- along with the capabilities of FinePrint, Apple's edge-smoothing technology -- increases the detail that can be seen in text, lines and images printed on a LaserWriter Pro. Both printers are capable of near-photographic quality grayscale printing using PhotoGrade, Apple's sophisticated grayscale printing technology (standard on the 630, optional on the 600). PhotoGrade has been enhanced to provide 91 levels of gray, 30 percent more than was previously available in other printers. This means that even high-end graphics professionals can use the printers for proofing and often final output.
 The LaserWriter Pro 600 and 630 are equipped with the latest version of Adobe's PostScript Level 2 software, the industry-standard page description language. They also come standard with PCL 4+ printer language for use with DOS computers. And, the printers offer more additional functionality for Macintosh users than other competitive printers because TrueType, Apple's font-scaling technology and Adobe Type 1 are both built into ROM. A total of 64 fonts (35 in ROM) are standard on both the 600 and 630.
 LaserWriter Pro 630
 The LaserWriter Pro 630 is designed for workgroup users in small and large businesses who need a high-performance printer with high-end imaging capabilities. It prints at 600 dpi resolution, or 300 dpi with PhotoGrade enabled for the best possible grayscale images. The printer is equipped with 8 megabytes (MB) of RAM, expandable to 32MB. There are two SCSI ports for an extra internal or external hard drive -- or both -- to make it easier and quicker to access additional fonts.
 Even with its more sophisticated graphics capabilities, the LaserWriter Pro 630 is as fast as its predecessor, the LaserWriter IIg. The combination of its 25MHz Motorola 68030 processor, custom chip technology, and high-speed, built-in EtherTalk port offers throughput that is at or above other 8 page per minute printers in its class.
 LaserWriter Pro 600
 The LaserWriter Pro 600 is a mainstream workgroup laser printer designed for customers seeking a cost-effective, high-volume printer. Also based on the 25MHz Motorola 68030 microprocessor, the 600 comes standard with 4MB of RAM, expandable to 32MB. In its standard configuration, the LaserWriter Pro 600 provides 300 dpi resolution with FinePrint. When upgraded to 8MB of RAM, the LaserWriter Pro 600 prints at 600 dpi resolution or 300 dpi with PhotoGrade enabled for the best possible print quality. As a special introductory offer, Apple will ship the LaserWriter Pro 600 with 8MB of RAM, enabling users to take advantage of 600 dpi resolution and the superior grayscale printing capabilities of PhotoGrade.
 In addition to superior print quality, the LaserWriter Pro series provides the interfaces needed for high-performance, mixed-platform network use. The LaserWriter Pro 600 and 630 come equipped with an industry-standard Centronics parallel port, a serial port and LocalTalk. The 630 also has an EtherTalk port. These ports are simultaneously active, which allows departmental users with different CPUs to print text and graphics easily. There is no need to reset dip switches or send complex software commands to the printer.
 Versatile Paper Handling
 LaserWriter Pro printers provide the most versatile paper handling capabilities ever offered on an Apple printer. Two paper trays holding a total of 350 sheets of paper are standard. Users can switch automatically between the 100-sheet multipurpose tray that supports letter, legal, and A4 size paper, as well as envelopes and a 250-sheet tray at the touch of a button. Automatic switching enables a user to print the first page of a document on paper contained in one bin and the rest of the document from the second bin. Or, if the first bin should run out of paper, the printer will automatically switch to the next bin. Optional sheet feeders include a 500-sheet tray, which supports multiple paper sizes, and a 75-envelope feeder.
 Both the LaserWriter Pro 600 and 630 ship with a complete set of Windows 3.0 and 3.1 drivers from Apple. These drivers support the various print quality, paper-handling and memory capabilities available on the LaserWriter Pro printers.
 Pricing and Availability
 The LaserWriter Pro 600 and 630 printers will be available immediately through Apple authorized resellers worldwide. Manufacturer's suggested retail prices and availability may vary outside the United States.
 Product MSRP Ship Date
 - LaserWriter Pro 600 $2,099 Jan. 6, 1993
 - LaserWriter Pro 630 2,529 Jan. 6, 1993
 - 500-Sheet Feeder 399 Jan. 6, 1993
 (Includes 500-sheet Universal Cassette)
 - 500-sheet Universal Cassette 149 Jan. 6, 1993
 - 250-Sheet Universal Cassette 99 Jan. 6, 1993
 - Envelope Feeder 399 Jan. 6, 1993
 (75 envelope capacity)
 - LaserWriter Pro Toner Cartridge 149 Jan. 6, 1993
 - LaserWriter Pro 630 Controller Upgrade 1,299 March 1993
 - LaserWriter Pro 600 PhotoGrade Upgrade Kit 399 Jan. 6, 1993
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, LaserWriter, EtherTalk and LocalTalk are registered trademarks; and PhotoGrade, FinePrint and TrueType are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Members of the press may obtain a FinePrint/PhotoGrade white paper for more technical information. Contact Apple Public Relations at 408-974-0658./
 /CONTACT: Kate Paisley of Apple Computer, 408-974-5453/
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