From: m...@baka.ithaca.ny.us (Mark Anbinder)
Subject: Apple Ships System 7.1
Date: 19 Oct 1992 19:13:47 -0500
Organization: BAKA Computers Inc.
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Apple Computer, Inc.
Apple Ships System 7.1
With the Incorporation of WorldScript, the Macintosh is Now World-
CUPERTINO, California--October 19, 1992--Apple Computer, Inc. today
announced it is shipping Version 7.1 of the widely acclaimed System 7
operating system for the Apple Macintosh personal computer. System
7.1 incorporates Apple's WorldScript technology, which enables Apple to
offer System 7 for the first time to customers in Japan, China, and
other Asian countries with "double-byte" languages, whose large
character sets require two bytes of the computer's memory to address
Because WorldScript provides the Macintosh system software with
inherent support for virtually every written language, Apple is now able
to quickly localize the Macintosh computer for non-Roman languages,
affording nearly simultaneous delivery of computer products throughout
most parts of the world. Previously, Apple, like other personal computer
companies, has had to re-engineer the system software to support these
languages, causing a time-lag between introduction of a new Macintosh
computer in the Americas or Western Europe, and that same computer in
Asia, Africa or Eastern Europe. With the release of System 7.1, Apple
can ship Macintosh computers with the same system-software architecture
anywhere in the world, after making what are now routine software changes
for language-specific support.
"The emergence of the Macintosh computer as the only world-ready
personal computer system parallels Apple's emergence as a truly global
company with customers throughout the world," said Roger Heinen, senior
vice president and general manager of Apple's Macintosh software
architecture division. "We must strive to provide equal consideration to
many markets worldwide.
"At the same time, many of our customers are themselves part of
global organizations--multinational businesses, government and private
agencies, universities--and require Macintosh computers in many different
languages, all running the same version of system software. We're
delighted that we can meet these customers' needs."
The new ease-of-localization for the Macintosh computer will also
provide software developers with greater access to a worldwide market.
One software architecture for all languages reduces the cost and
development time for developing applications for a wider range of
languages. Apple expects this to result in the availability of higher
quality applications in many new markets, as developers are able to steer
resources away from time-consuming localization and toward enhancement of
the applications' features.
Other Advancements in System 7.1
New Fonts Folder--With System 7.1, Apple provides seamless type
integration, making it even easier for customers to work with multiple
fonts on the Macintosh computer. The new version has a Fonts folder that
contains all of a user's fonts, regardless of font format. With one
location for all bitmap, TrueType and Adobe Type 1 fonts, users can
quickly install or remove any font. Previously, bitmap and TrueType
fonts have been stored in the System file, and Type 1 fonts have been
stored separately, after being installed with Adobe Type Manager software.
Modular Support for New Macintosh Computers--System 7.1 incorporates
a new method for supporting new models of Macintosh computers. Until now,
Apple has modified the system software each time it has released a new
Macintosh model. Beginning with System 7.1, Apple will ship each new
computer system with a drop-in software module that enables the currently
shipping version of the operating system to automatically support that new
Macintosh computer. Thus, customers and developers will no longer have to
worry about testing and upgrading to a new version of the operating system
every time Apple introduces a new Macintosh computer. These software
modules, called "system enablers," will be subsequently rolled into the
core operating system with the next major release.
TuneUp Integration--Apple has integrated the System 7 TuneUp software
(previously installed separately) into System 7.1, simplifying systems
administration and providing greater overall system stability. The TuneUp
software also improves memory management, especially in low-memory
conditions. Non-networked Macintosh systems save approximately
100K - 200K of RAM.
QuickTime 1.5 Bundled--QuickTime 1.5, also introduced today, is
bundled with System 7.1 upgrade products. This latest version of
QuickTime, Apple's system-software extension that manages sound, video
and animation, features several enhancements, including a larger screen
size for video playback; complete support for full-screen, full-motion
digital video cards; fully integrated support for Kodak Photo CD; improved
CD-ROM and network data handling; 1-bit fast dithering for playback on
Macintosh PowerBook and other monochrome screens; generic media handlers
that let developers create new movie-track types; and closed captioning.
Enabling Multi-Language Computing--The WorldScript technology in
System 7.1 provides built-in potential for multi-language computing on
the Macintosh computer. As a result, software modules can be created so
that a user can work in many different languages on the same computer to
create multi-language documents. Apple has tested the technology with some
customers, and plans to offer language modules in the future.
File Sharing--In response to customer requests, the File Sharing
security feature has been made more secure, by removing "guest access" by
Database Access--Apple's Database Access Language (DAL) driver software
has been unbundled from System 7.1, freeing up system memory, and
simplifying system set-up for customers who do not require database access
on servers. The DAL software will be offered in a software solution kit
for end users and inhouse developers, and it will contain several network
protocol adapters, a tester application, and an installation and user's
System 7.1 is compatible with virtually all applications that run on
System 7. AppleShare customers using System 7.1 should upgrade to
AppleShare 3.0.1. MacTCP customers using System 7.1 should upgrade
to MacTCP 1.1.1.
Pricing and Product Configurations
System 7.1 is shipping with all new Macintosh computers introduced
today -- Macintosh IIvi and IIvx, Macintosh Duo System, Macintosh
PowerBook 160 and 180. Over the next few weeks, it will begin shipping on
all existing Macintosh models.
System 7.1 will also be available in the following software-only
configurations, all of which include one year of toll-free telephone
upgrade support from Apple:
System 7.1 Update Kit --This single-user package provides the software
necessary for current System 7 users to upgrade to System 7.1. It includes
1.4 MB (or 800K) system disks, a QuickTime 1.5 disk, and the System 7.1
In the United States, the System 7.1 Update Kit is available directly
from Apple by calling 800-769-2775. It is priced at U.S. $34.95. Outside
the United States, availability and pricing vary by country.
System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit --This single-user package provides the
software necessary for an installed-base customer to upgrade from
Version 6.0x of Macintosh system software to System 7.1. The kit contains
six 1.4 MB system disks, a QuickTime 1.5 disk, and a disk with the
Compatibility Checker software, which customers can use to check the
compatibility between System 7.1 and their current applications. The
System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit also contains the Desktop Macintosh User's
Guide and the System 7 Upgrade Guide. For a limited time, Apple's At Ease
software is bundled with this upgrade kit.
In the United States, the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit is available
through a wide variety of software resellers and Apple authorized
resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $99. Outside the United
States, the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit is available through Apple
Authorized resellers. Pricing varies by country.
In the United States, customers who purchased Version 7.0 of the
System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit after September 1, 1992, will receive the
Version 7.1 product free of charge by providing proof of purchase. For
more information, customers should call 800-769-2775.
System 7 MultiPack--This ten-user package provides the software
necessary for an installed-based customer to upgrade up to ten users from
Version 6.0x of Macintosh system software to System 7.1. The MultiPack
contains a CD-ROM with the 7.1 system software, in several language
versions, QuickTime 1.5, the Compatibility Checker, and system enablers.
The MultiPack also contains the same software on 1.4 MB floppy disks, as
well as the Desktop Macintosh User's Guide, the System 7 Upgrade Guide,
and the Administrator's Handbook.
In the United States, the System 7 MultiPack is available on November
30, 1992 through a wide variety of software resellers and Apple
authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $499. Outside
the United States, the System 7 MultiPack will be available through Apple
Authorized resellers. Pricing varies by country.
Customers in the United States who purchased the System 7 Group
Upgrade Kit after September 1, 1992, will receive System 7.1 free of
charge by providing proof of purchase. For more information, customers
should call 800-769-2775.
Customers in the United States who do not have an Apple SuperDrive and
require 800K floppy disks may call 800-769-2775 to obtain these disks from
Apple at no charge, after purchasing the System 7 Personal Upgrade Kit or
System 7 MultiPack.
Volume Purchases--After November 30, 1992, Apple plans to offer a
volume-purchase plan for customers with large installations of Macintosh
computers. For more information, customers should call 800-769-2775 or
their Apple representative.
System 7.1 Products for Asian Markets
KanjiTalk 7, the Japanese version of the System 7.1 product is
available immediately in Japan. The product includes all features of
System 7.1, plus the Kotoeri input method and seven new Kanji TrueType
Availability of other selected System 7.1 products for Asian
customers is as follows:
Korean version of System 7.1 November 1, 1992
Thai version of System 7.1 November 15, 1992
ChineseTalk II (Traditional) November 15, 1992
System 7 (Chinese/simplified) January 15, 1992
Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, PowerBook and AppleShare are registered
trademarks, and System 7, TrueType, WorldScript, QuickTime, Performa, Duo
System, At Ease and SuperDrive are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.