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 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today introduced a new line of low-cost, high- performance of networking cards, cables and connectors. The Ethernet LC Twisted Pair card is the first offering in this product line. The Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair card offers Ethernet speeds that are significantly faster than many of Apple's previous Ethernet offerings. It is the first integrated Ethernet card that Apple plans to offer with an ApplePrice below $100.
 "With a full range of high quality cards, cables and connectors, there is not a networking need for Macintosh personal computers that cannot be answered by Apple," said Morris Taradalsky, vice president and general manager of Apple's Business Systems Division. "It is our desire to offer our customers the highest performance products at the most cost effective prices possible for their networking needs."
 The Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair Card comes with an industry standard RJ-45 port which allows you to connect directly to IEEE 802.3 10Base-T compatible hub which allows for quick and easy installation and network management. This card also ships with new and improved high performance ethernet software which increases your network performance by approximately 25 percent. Owners of older Apple Ethernet LC, Apple Ethernet NB and Apple Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair cards will be able to enhance their network performance by upgrading to version 1.4.2 of the Network Software Installer.
 Apple Ethernet products are compliant with the IEEE 802.3 standard and can be used in any existing Ethernet environment including those running AppleTalk , DECnet, MacIPX, OSI, SNA, or TCP/IP and are compatible with existing network services and applications such as file servers, print servers, electronic mail and databases.
 System Requirements
 The Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair card requires one available Macintosh LC processor direct slot and an IEEE 10Base-T hub.
 Availability and Pricing
 The Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair card is planned to be available late January in the United States through authorized Apple resellers, distributors and integrators. In Apple's Pacific region, including Canada and Latin America, the Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair card is currently scheduled to be available in February 1994. In Europe, it is currently scheduled to be available in February 1994. Pricing outside the United States may vary by country.
 The Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair card has an ApplePrice of $99 (U.S.); ApplePrices fall within the general range of street prices offered by Apple resellers.
 Owners of older Ethernet Cards can upgrade their systems to version 1.4.2 of the Network Software Installer, free of charge, by down loading the software from AppleLink, Internet and Developer CDs. Upgrades may also be obtained by faxing their name, address and telephone number to the ABS Network Information Line at 408-974-7977.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc., develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk, EtherTalk, and TokenTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. NuBus is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments. DECnet is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corp. MacIPX is a tradomark of Novell Inc. All other trademarks are owned by their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671; or Sylvia France of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4129, for Apple/

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