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  • Ron Ustach
    Good Day: The following press releases moved over PR Newswire today, August 31. Thank you, Apple Public Relations +-------------------+ For Immediate Release
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      Good Day:

      The following press releases moved over PR Newswire today, August 31.

      Thank you,
      Apple Public Relations
      +-------------------+
      For Immediate Release

      Apple Unveils Power Mac G4 and Cinema Display - The Ultimate System for
      Publishing Professionals

      QuickTimeTV Adds New Channels from Rhino and Warner Bros. Records

      iBook Pre-orders Top 140,000 in 40 Days

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO--August 31, 1999--During the kick-off keynote today,
      Apple introduced the Power Mac G4, its new line of professional desktop
      computers which deliver supercomputer-level performance on a desktop, and
      the Apple Cinema Display, a spectacular 22-inch LCD flat panel that is the
      largest LCD display ever brought to market. Together, they create the
      ultimate system for publishing professionals.

      The Power Mac G4 is the first personal computer in history to deliver
      supercomputer-level performance of over one billion floating-point
      operations per second (gigaflops). The Power Mac G4 is powered by the
      revolutionary new PowerPC G4 chip architected by Apple, Motorola and IBM,
      which incorporates a new execution unit named the Velocity Engine--the
      heart of a supercomputer miniaturized onto a sliver of silicon.

      Applications which tap the power of the Velocity Engine, such as Adobe's
      Photoshop, run up to twice as fast as on 600MHz Pentium III-based PCs.
      Already, nearly 60 industry-leading developers are optimizing their
      products to take advantage of the unprecedented speed and performance of
      the G4 with Velocity Engine, with some of those products available
      immediately. The Power Mac G4 comes in a stunning, translucent clear,
      silver and graphite enclosure.

      The Apple Cinema Display is a 22-inch LCD display (the largest ever brought
      to market), offering the same viewing area as a 24-inch flat CRT display
      and featuring a "letterbox" format with 1600 x 1024 pixels and 16.7 million
      true colors.

      Apple also today announced that two new content providers have joined its
      QuickTime TV network, the Internet's highest quality-network for web-based
      video and audio. Utilizing the QuickTime Streaming Server Software's new
      playlist feature, Warner Bros. Records becomes the first major recording
      label to create commercial-free, genre-specific Internet radio and video
      stations, which also allow consumers to buy music as it is streaming. Rhino
      Records, meanwhile, will use the QuickTime format exclusively to stream
      content from its recently launched Rhino Handmade, the first-ever
      Internet-only collector's imprint.

      Additionally, Apple announced it has received advance orders for over
      140,000 of its new iBook consumer and education portable computer. iBook,
      the "iMac to Go," was introduced at Macworld Expo on July 21 and is
      scheduled to ship to stores nationwide in mid-September.

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission--to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.

      Press Contacts:
      Nathalie Welch
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-5430
      welch@...

      Matt Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...

      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit Apple's PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726.
      --30--

      1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo,
      Macintosh and QuicTime are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
      Cinema Display, iBook, Power Mac and Velocity Engine are trademarks of
      Apple Computer, Inc. Additional company and product names may be trademarks
      or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully
      acknowledged.
      ****************

      Apple Unveils Power Mac G4

      Revolutionary G4 Processor with Velocity Engine Brings Supercomputer
      Performance to the Desktop

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO--Aug. 31, 1999--Apple today introduced the Power Mac
      G4, its next generation of desktop computers designed for professional and
      "pro-sumer" customers. The Power Mac G4 is powered by the revolutionary new
      PowerPC G4 chip architected by Apple, Motorola and IBM, and is the first
      personal computer in history to deliver supercomputer-level performance of
      over one billion floating-point operations per second. The Power Mac G4s
      run professional applications like Adobe's Photoshop up to twice as fast as
      600MHz Pentium III-based PCs.

      The G4 chip incorporates a new execution unit named the Velocity
      Engine--the heart of a supercomputer miniaturized onto a sliver of silicon.
      In a set of Intel's own tests published on their web site, the 500MHz G4
      chip was 2.94 times as fast as the 600MHz Pentium III processor.

      "The Power Mac G4 is not only the fastest Mac ever, it's the fastest
      personal computer ever," said Apple's interim CEO Steve Jobs. "The
      revolutionary G4 processor with its remarkable Velocity Engine is the first
      'supercomputer on a chip,' delivering over one gigaflop of sustained
      performance."

      The new Power Mac G4 line is offered in three standard models, based on
      400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz processors, and in build-to-order
      customer-selected configurations from Apple's online store. The top two
      standard models feature support for up to 1.5 GB of fast industry-standard
      PC100 SDRAM, a new 100MHz system bus that delivers up to 800 MBps of data
      throughput, Rage 128 AGP/2X high performance graphics, an Ultra ATA/66
      drive interface, and Apple's breakthrough AirPort wireless networking
      (optional). All models feature 1MB level 2 backside cache, dual Universal
      Serial Bus (USB) and 400-Mbps FireWire ports, internal drives from 10 GB to
      27 GB (configurable to more than 100 GB via build-to-order) and removable
      storage including ZIP, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM with video playback, and DVD-RAM.
      The Power Mac G4 comes in a stunning translucent clear, silver and graphite
      minitower that has a side door that swings open to provide the industry's
      easiest access to internal components. The Power Mac G4 line starts at an
      aggressive retail price of U.S. $1,599.

      Apple today also unveiled the perfect companion to the new Power Mac G4:
      the Apple Cinema Display. Measuring 22 inches diagonally, it's the largest
      LCD-based flat panel display ever brought to market and features a
      letterbox format of 1600 x 1024 pixels. The Apple Cinema Display will be
      offered in limited quantities beginning in October.

      Pricing and Availability
      The Power Mac G4 400MHz, priced at U.S. $1,599, is available now on The
      Apple Store (www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers. The
      Power Mac G4 450MHz, priced at U.S. $2,499, is scheduled to ship in
      September, and the Power Mac G4 500MHz, priced at U.S. $3,499, is scheduled
      to ship in October. The Power Mac G4 is available in more than 8,000
      build-to-order (BTO) configurations. A complete listing of standard G4
      configurations is also available at The Apple Store.

      In addition, Apple announced that two new Macintosh Server G4s and a new
      Macintosh Server G4 with Mac OS X Server will be available in November.

      * The G4 processor, with its Velocity Engine, is an average of 2.94 times
      faster than the fastest Pentium III (600MHz) in selected tests published by
      Intel to demonstrate Pentium's speed.

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission--to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.

      Press Contacts:
      Nathalie Welch
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-5430
      welch@...

      Matt Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...

      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit Apple's PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726. --30--

      1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo,
      FireWire, Mac OS and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer,
      Inc. Cinema Display, Power Mac, AirPort ,The Apple Store and Velocity
      Engine are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Additional company and
      product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual
      companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

      *************************

      Apple Introduces Cinema Display

      22-inch LCD is Largest Ever Brought to Market

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO--August 31, 1999--Apple today introduced its Cinema
      Display, a spectacular 22-inch LCD flat panel that is the largest LCD
      display ever brought to market. The Cinema Display offers the same viewing
      area as a 24-inch flat CRT display, and features a "letterbox" format with
      1600 x 1024 pixels and 16.7 million true colors.

      Apple's Cinema Display is twice as bright, twice as sharp and has three
      times the contrast of CRT displays, plus it has zero flicker. Its display
      data is supplied digitally from Apple's new Power Mac G4 computers, and it
      offers an integrated two-port USB hub for easy connection to peripherals.
      The Cinema Display comes in a stunning clear enclosure that perfectly
      complements the new Power Mac G4 computers. Together, they make the
      ultimate system for publishing professionals.

      "This is the display we've all dreamed about for 20 years," said Steve
      Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. "The Apple Cinema Display is without a doubt the
      largest, the most advanced and the most beautiful LCD display ever offered."

      In addition to the Apple Cinema Display, Apple today unveiled translucent
      enclosures and a sleek new design for its award-winning Apple Studio
      Display monitors:

      The 21-inch Apple Studio Display (19.8-inch viewable image size) offers
      incredibly sharp Trinitron CRT performance for publishing professionals who
      work with color-critical applications. The 21-inch display offers
      flicker-free viewing, ultra-fine resolution (1600 x 1200 at 85 Hz), a
      four-port USB hub and a unique tilt-and-swivel stand that lets users slide
      a keyboard underneath it for extra desktop space. It features lifetime
      color calibration using ColorSync technology, Apple's industry-standard
      software for managing color on computer monitors, scanners and printers,
      and provides intuitive push-button access to software controls for all
      screen adjustments.

      The 17-inch Apple Studio Display (16-inch viewable image size) combines
      stylish design with a high performance DiamondTron CRT. The 17-inch display
      offers a super-fine 0.25mm aperture grille pitch, support for multiple
      resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 60 Hz, and an anti-reflective screen
      coating. Multi-lingual on-screen display controls are provided and the
      display's tilt-and-swivel stand allows for easy keyboard storage.

      Pricing and Availability
      The Apple Cinema Display will be sold exclusively through The Apple Store,
      bundled with a 450MHz Power Mac G4 computer (500MHz models will be added
      when available). The Apple Cinema Display is priced at U.S. $3,999, and the
      offered 450MHz G4 configurations start at U.S. $2,499, for total bundle
      prices starting at U.S. $6,498. The Apple Store will accept orders for the
      Apple Cinema Display beginning in October.

      The Apple Studio Display with ColorSync Technology, at U.S. $1,499, and the
      Apple Studio Display CRT monitor, at U.S. $499, are available immediately
      worldwide through Apple Authorized Resellers and online at The Apple Store.

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission--to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.

      Press Contacts:
      Nathalie Welch
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-5430
      welch@...

      Matt Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...

      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit Apple's PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726. --30--

      1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo,
      ColorSync and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
      Cinema Display, Power Mac and The Apple Store are trademarks of Apple
      Computer, Inc. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or
      registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully
      acknowledged.

      *************************

      Developers Rally Around Apple's New Power Mac G4

      Nearly 60 Hardware and Software Companies To Deliver Products Optimized for
      G4 Speed

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO‹August 31, 1999‹Demonstrating industry enthusiasm
      for the new Power Mac G4, Apple® today announced that nearly 60
      industry-leading developers have optimized their hardware and software
      products to take advantage of the unprecedented speed and performance of
      the G4 Processor with Velocity Engine. G4-optimized products being
      announced include high-end graphics applications, non-linear video cards,
      DVD software, medical imaging software and 3D game engines, with some
      shipping immediately.

      "Our new G4 takes performance to an entirely new level that surpasses even
      the fastest Pentium III-based PC," said Clent Richardson, vice president of
      Worldwide Developer Relations. "Developers around the world are realizing
      incredible improvements in their applications, often at twice the speed,
      and are creating great new products that customers have come to expect from
      the Macintosh platform."

      Third-party developers announcing or previewing new products optimized for
      the Power Mac G4 include 3dfx Interactive Inc., ATTO Technology Inc., Adobe
      Systems Inc., Avid Technology Inc., Bungie Software, Casady & Greene,
      Linker Systems, Macromedia, Maxon Computer Inc., Media 100, Research
      Systems Inc., Sonic Solutions, Synthetik Software, Terran Interactive and
      TeraGlobal.

      "Currently, the G4 is significantly faster than any platform we've seen
      running Photoshop 5.5," said John Warnock, CEO and chairman, Adobe Systems.
      "The combination of the G4's speed, the Apple Cinema Display, and Adobe
      InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat embodies the professional
      publisher's dream system."

      "The new G4 is an unbelievable machine for creating compelling content that
      adds life to the web," said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO of Macromedia.
      "We believe customers will love the performance of Dreamweaver and Flash on
      the new G4, the next great product from Apple."

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission‹to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.

      Press Contact:
      Matt Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...

      Nathalie Welch
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-5430
      welch@...

      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit Apple¹s PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple¹s Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726.
      ­30­

      © 1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and
      Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Power Mac is a
      trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Additional company and product names may
      be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are
      respectfully acknowledged.

      *************************

      Advance Orders for Apple iBook Top 140,000

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO--August 31, 1999--Apple today announced it has
      received advance orders for over 140,000 of its new iBook consumer and
      education portable computer. iBook, the "iMac to Go", was introduced at
      Macworld Expo on July 21 and is scheduled to ship to stores nationwide in
      mid-September.

      "We are thrilled by the customer response to iBook, and we're working hard
      to ensure that we can meet the demand," said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim
      CEO.

      Pre-orders of iBooks are being taken through The Apple Store
      (www.apple.com), and through many of Apple's resellers including CDW,
      ClubMac, ComputerTown, ComputerWare, CompUSA, Cyberian Outpost, Datavision,
      J&R Computerworld, MacConnection, MacMall, MacWarehouse, MacZone, Micro
      Center, RCS Computer Experience and Sears plus hundreds of Apple Specialist
      stores.

      iBook, priced at U.S. $1,599, features "all day" battery life of up to six
      hours, a high quality 12.1-inch TFT LCD display, Pentium-toasting
      performance*, and AirPort, Apple's revolutionary wireless local area
      network (LAN) solution that provides totally untethered Internet access for
      iBook, all in a stunning notebook design available in two eye-catching
      colors--Blueberry and Tangerine.

      Apple's AirPort solution includes the AirPort Card, which fits inside
      Apple's new iBook, and the AirPort Base Station, which contains a 56K modem
      and a 10BASE-T Ethernet port for connecting to a phone line, cable modem,
      DSL modem or local area network for terrestrial Internet access. Apple's
      AirPort Base Station is scheduled to ship in October.

      * Based on industry standard ByteMark processor test.

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission--to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.


      Press Contact:
      Rhona Hamilton
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6439
      hamilton@...

      Matt Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...


      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit Apple's PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726. --30--

      1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and
      Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. AirPort, iBook
      and The Apple Store are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Additional
      company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the
      individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

      *************************

      Apple Turns Up the Volume With New QuickTime TV Channels from Warner Bros.
      Records, Inc. and Rhino Records

      New Playlist Control Lets Content Providers Continuously Stream Video and
      Audio

      SEYBOLD, SAN FRANCISCO--August 31, 1999--Apple announced it has added an
      e-commerce-enhanced Warner Bros. Records, Inc. channel and a Rhino Records
      channel to QuickTime TV (QTV), the Internet's highest-quality network for
      web-based video and audio.

      Warner Bros. is the first to take advantage of the QuickTime Streaming
      Server software's new playlist feature, which lets intercasters automate
      streaming audio and video content just like traditional broadcasters. With
      its QTV channel, Warner Bros. becomes the first major record company to
      create commercial-free, genre-specific Internet radio and video stations
      which also allow consumers to buy music while it is streaming.

      "QuickTime 4 is the standard for streaming video and audio on the
      Internet," said Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product
      Marketing. "The new channels in QTV show how simple it is to combine the
      best original programming with powerful applications like e-commerce and
      playlist control to deliver compelling interactive streaming channels."

      "With QuickTime's playlist feature, we can move beyond 30-second spots and
      offer audiences full-length songs and videos with incredible ease and
      convenience," said Jimmy Dickson, Warner Bros'. Records, Inc.'s vice
      president of New Media. "The cutting edge technology of QuickTime TV brings
      the best of Warner Bros.' diverse roster to a whole new audience."

      The Rhino Records channel offers a wide range of original programming
      available only in the QuickTime format, including content from Rhino
      Handmade, the recently launched, first ever Internet-only collector's
      imprint.

      "We have used QuickTime for years because Apple truly understands the
      reliability and quality needs of the music industry," said Garson Foos,
      Rhino Records' senior vice president of Marketing. "We chose to offer our
      Rhino Handmade content exclusively via QuickTime because QuickTime is
      unquestionably the best quality and most robust streaming technology
      available. We will use our QTV channel to make online music a much more
      immersive, personalized experience."

      Warner Bros. and Rhino join the QTV network's growing lineup of leading
      content providers, including ABC News, BBC WORLD, Bloomberg, Disney, ESPN,
      FOX News Online, FOX Sports Online, HBO, The Knitting Factory, NPR,
      RollingStone.com, VH1, Virgin Radio, The Weather Channel, and WGBH Boston.

      Macintosh and Windows users can view QTV's diverse content via Apple's
      state-of-the-art QuickTime 4 Player, which provides one-click access to
      users' favorite QTV channels as well as the ability to bookmark content
      from anywhere on the Internet. The QuickTime Player is available as a free
      download from www.apple.com/quicktime.

      The new QuickTime Streaming Server 1.0.2 is available for free download
      from www.publicsource.apple.com/projects/streaming.

      Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s
      with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
      the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission--to bring
      the best personal computing products and support to students, educators,
      designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140
      countries around the world.

      Press Contacts:
      Matthew Hutchison
      Apple Computer, Inc.
      (408) 974-6877
      hutchison@...

      Eileen Stanley
      Edelman Worldwide.
      (650) 968-4033 ext. 2764
      eileen_stanley@...

      NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit Apple's PR web site
      (www.apple.com/pr/), call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or
      Dushka Zapata at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033,
      extension 2726.

      1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo,
      Macintosh and QuickTime are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
      Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered
      trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.
      END
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