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HONEYWELL ADOPTS APPLE'S MACINTOSH TECHNOLOGY FOR AIRCRAFT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 PHOENIX, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Macintosh computer technology will be placed in the cockpit to drive information management systems for the commercial airline market under an OEM agreement announced today between Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) and Honeywell Inc. (NYSE: HON).
 Under the agreement, Honeywell, the industry leader in design and development of integrated avionics systems, will manufacture an Electronic Library System (ELS) incorporating a ruggedized avionics version of Apple's recently introduced Macintosh Quadra 800 high- performance personal computer. Honeywell's ELS is a state-of-the-art information management system designed to provide airline personnel -- flight crew, cabin attendants and ground maintenance crew -- with timely access to all the information necessary to operate and maintain an aircraft (excluding aircraft control).
 The electronic library includes functions such as "hypertext" document retrieval of aircraft flight manuals, operational manuals, navigation charts and maintenance manuals.
 "Honeywell and Apple are paving the way toward satisfying a growing aviation industry need for automated information systems that reduce the tens of thousand of printed pages of text and graphics contained in flight kits," said Don Schwanz, vice president of marketing for Honeywell's Air Transport Systems Division. "Combining our ELS with Apple's proven, easy-to-use computing technology gives our customers a cost-effective and timely way to update and revise flight information, thereby improving total operating efficiencies. This technology will also give our end users unparalleled applications versatility."
 With the adoption of Macintosh technology, Honeywell plans to provide its airline customers with the capability to easily integrate and manipulate graphics, audio and video elements, and use commercially available off-the-shelf software. "This provides airborne software application compatibility with computer systems on the ground, and should help to incorporate more fully the aircraft into an airline's overall information management system," said Mark Anderson, Honeywell's lead engineer for the ELS project. "In effect, the airplane will become another node on the airline's information management network."
 The agreement marks the first time Apple has licensed Macintosh computer technology under such an OEM agreement. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 "Apple believes Macintosh personal computing technology can add great value outside the realm of the traditional personal computer market," said Fred Forsyth, senior vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Systems Division. "This agreement with Honeywell marks the first step in our plans to extend our existing technology into new markets by working with selected OEM partners. There is clearly opportunity to leverage our powerful, yet easy-to-use technology in new ways and provide customized applications for specialized markets."
 Honeywell's ELS will be based on the the newest member of Apple's high-performance Macintosh Quadra line, the Quadra 800. A highly expandable system powered by a 33MHz Motorola 68040 microprocessor, the Quadra 800 offers a superior high-speed graphical computing solution with integrated high-speed networking and accelerated video architecture.
 "We see the Macintosh platform -- with its enhanced graphics, leadership in multimedia development capabilities, support for major networking standards and multi-platform, client-host systems integration solutions -- as particularly well-suited for the highly interactive, graphical computing environment Honeywell seeks to implement in ELS," said Eric Sirkin, manager of OEM business for Apple. "Macintosh foundation technologies, such as QuickTime and WorldScript, make it possible for Honeywell to develop a very intuitive system that can access text, graphics and other visual information at the touch of a finger."
 A number of key technologies influenced Honeywell's decision to select Apple for the ELS project. QuickTime 1.5, Apple's multimedia architecture for the Macintosh personal computer, provides users with the capabilities to cut, copy and paste video, sound and animation with the same ease of use that Macintosh customers have come to expect from working with graphics, data and text. Apple's WorldScript technology makes it possible for developers to quickly localize applications for international customers. Both QuickTime and WorldScript are part of Apple's latest version of the Macintosh operating system software, System 7.1.
 Honeywell has the opportunity to draw from emerging System 7 technologies such as the Apple Open Collaboration Environment, AppleScript, and QuickDraw GX, which are designed to extend the capabilities of System 7 -- providing new levels of ease of use and enabling new solutions in integrated communications, customization of the computing environment and automation of tasks.
 Honeywell also said it plans to use Apple's next generation Macintosh computing platform, based on the PowerPC RISC architecture, in future generations of their ELS product.
 Honeywell's Commercial Flight Systems Group, based in Phoenix, is the recognized world leader in the design and development of integrated avionics systems. Major product lines include: Electronic Flight Instrument Systems; Flight Management Systems; Inertial Reference Systems; satellite communications (SATCOM) systems; collision avoidance and windshear avoidance systems; and global navigation systems. In addition to products and systems, Honeywell has become the leader in flight deck integration with programs such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-11, Boeing 777, Gulfstream IV and Dornier 328.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. is a leading supplier of computers to consumer, education, business and government markets worldwide. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple has been named first in customer satisfaction among business computer users in the United States for the past two years by J.D. Power and Associates.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks; and Macintosh Quadra, System 7, AppleScript, QuickDraw GX, WorldScript and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Taylor of Apple Computer, 408-974-3983; or Jim Veihdeffer of Honeywell/Air Transport Systems Division, 602-436-2203/
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