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 LONDON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Live '93 Consumer Electronics Show, Apple Computer UK announced that the first product based on its innovative Newton technology -- the Newton MessagePad -- is shipping and immediately available in the United Kingdom. The Newton MessagePad is a handheld communications assistant that allows people to gather, manage and share information with tremendous ease and spontaneity. By combining rich communications capabilities with technology that actively assists people in getting work done, Apple has created a new class of personal digital assistant (PDA) devices -- one that lets people communicate ideas with greater speed, clarity and effectiveness.
 The Newton MessagePad is also a rich platform for a wide variety of new applications and software titles that take advantage of its unique technology, convenience and usability.
 The Newton MessagePad is the first in a family of products based on Newton technology: Others will be introduced in the future by both Apple and its licensees.
 "With Newton MessagePad, Apple Computer has demonstrated that it continues to innovate and define new categories of technology," said Mike Newton, general manager of Apple Computer UK. "MessagePad is now available in 400 outlets nationwide. Already in the United States we have seen Newton MessagePad become an immediate best seller and from the interest we are already picking up in the United Kingdom, we expect a similar reaction. Newton is here and available from today."
 The Newton MessagePad is based on the concept of Newton Intelligence, which is a combination of software and silicon. Newton Intelligence is what makes Newton understandable, friendly, intuitive and useful. It is the "soul" of the Newton MessagePad that allows the product to "learn" the user's preferences and requirements. For example, the user could receive a message from a colleague to attend a meeting and Newton could automatically place the appointment in its calendar. More importantly, Newton Intelligence actively assists users in completing their tasks. It "learns" users work habits and patterns and then implements them on cue. Whether it's printing a letter in an accustomed format, or faxing a message to a client's office, the MessagePad learns over time to adapt to the user's preferences.
 Communication Capabilities
 Because of Newton technology's robust communications architecture, the MessagePad comes with a wide variety of powerful communications capabilities. The Newton Communications Architecture is highly modular. This means that when new applications and services become available, they can easily be added and supported in an integrated, plug-and-play manner. The communications capabilities in the MessagePad allow users to send, receive and share information through virtually every communication method in the workplace today -- through telephone lines, wireless networks and computer networks.
 -- Faxing. The MessagePad can act as a handheld facsimile (fax) machine -- allowing users, with the optional modem, to send facsimiles to virtually any fax machine in the world. Additionally, Newton Intelligence makes the process of sending a facsimile simple: with the press of one button, the MessagePad automatically formats the output, adds a cover page, and places the facsimile in the system's Out Box, awaiting connection to a telephone line. It is anticipated that future products in the family will additionally offer the capability to receive fax messages.
 -- Beaming. Making use of its built-in infrared function, the MessagePad can send or "beam" in Apple engineer parlance, quick messages to other Newton devices across a one meter distance, without any wiring or cabling. This capability is ideal for the quick exchange of items such as business cards, meeting notes, maps or appointments.
 -- Printing. The MessagePad can print any document it creates -- notes, drawings, addresses, maps, letters -- on most popular dot matrix, portable inkjet, thermal and laser printers. These printers can be either connected directly, or accessed through a local area network.
 -- Wireless Messaging. Users of Newton MessagePad in United Kingdom are expected to have access to a wireless messaging service in 1994. This service will deliver messaging capabilities to users of the Newton MessagePad. This service is expected to give the users a fully-featured method of keeping in touch that is totally integrated with the MessagePad. (Full details of this service will be available in the near future.)
 -- Electronic Mail. MessagePad users will be able to send and receive electronic mail messages to and from other MessagePad users who are NewtonMail subscribers -- or just about any computer, by using the NewtonMail service and the optional modem. NewtonMail is a subscriber- based service to be offered by Apple that is an extremely cost effective way of communicating across the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. Availability of the NewtonMail service will be announced at a later date. Over time, it is anticipated that NewtonMail will be expanded to offer a wide range of information such as news, weather and financial information as well as the potential for online transactions.
 Desktop Connections
 The Newton MessagePad can share information quickly and easily with millions of personal computers. Using the optional Newton Connection package, users can transfer, synchronise, back up and update information between a Newton MessagePad and a Macintosh personal computer, or a personal computer running the Windows operating system. Newton Connection is based upon a technology Apple calls "Smart Synchronisation," which automatically updates information between a MessagePad and a personal computer. Any changes made to the information on the Newton, or on the personal computer, will be automatically synchronised and updated between the two when they are connected. Newton Connection also includes a set of complementary Newton applications intended to let users create, view and edit Newton information on a personal computer, even when the computer is not connected to a Newton.
 Newton Connection is planned to be available for either Macintosh or PCs running Windows. The Newton Connection Kit, backs up and restores information and gives complete file to file synchronisation. The product allows creation of a "virtual Newton" on the desktop.
 Newton Connection for Macintosh will be available in October. Availability for other platforms will be announced at a later date.
 Keeping in Control
 The Newton MessagePad also includes a collection of capabilities that help people capture and organize an array of information in the way that suits them best. The system can capture and file notes, sketches and other details on file, ready for almost instant access. Built-in calendars, alarms, and reminders help people keep track of busy lifestyles. Its built-in address book holds hundreds of names and addresses. The MessagePad's advanced recognition architecture not only understands printed and cursive script, but also cleans up drawings and diagrams, making them easier to understand and communicate.
 Distribution and Availability
 Newton MessagePad will be available immediately in 400 outlets nationwide. These include Dixons Stores Group, John Lewis Partnership, Ryman Computer Stores and Apple business resellers and retailers.
 There is no suggested retail pricing for the Newton MessagePad. Individual retailers will price the products according to their specific solutions offerings. However, Apple expects the Newton MessagePad to be priced from 649 pounds and it will be available in two formats: Newton MessagePad with AC Adaptor and Newton MessagePad Communications System (Newton MessagePad with AC Adaptor and External Modem).
 However, the following will have pricing announced at a later date:
 -- NewtonMail
 -- Newton Connection Kit.
 NOTE: The Apple logo is a registered trademark, Apple, Newton, MessagePad, Newton Connection and NotePhone are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /NOTES TO EDITORS: This was released in the United Kingdom on Sept. 16.
 See product specifications below for additional details.
 For customer enquiries, dial 100 and ask for Freefone Apple.
 Product specifications for Newton MessagePad and Accessories:
 Newton MessagePad Hardware Architecture
 -- ARM 610 processor at 20 MHz
 -- Apple custom system ASIC
 -- Low-power, reflective LCD display (336 x 240 pixels)
 -- Transparent tablet with passive pen
 -- 4MB of ROM
 -- 640K of RAM
 -- One PCMCIA type 2 card slot
 -- LocalTalk compatible serial port
 -- Low-power, half-duplex, infrared transceiver (9600 baud at
 1 meter)
 Size and Weight
 -- Height: 7.25 in. (184.75 mm)
 -- Width: 4.50 in. (114.3 mm)
 -- Depth: 0.75 in. (19.05 mm)
 -- Weight: 0.9 lb. (0.4 kg)/
 /CONTACT: Russell Brady of Apple Computer UK, 081-730-2480; or Fiona Rice or Susie Bridgeman of Spreckley Pittham Ltd, 071-388-9988; or Emma Bufton of Regis McKenna Inc., 408-974-1856, for Apple Computer/

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