At a presentation of Apple Computer Inc’s Newton technology in Wiesbaden, Germany, chief executive John Sculley said the company plans to develop French, German and Japanese language versions of its Newton Personal Digital Assistant. Such international versions would follow on the heels of the first, English versions of Newton, which are scheduled to be brought to market in the first half of 1993. The enthusiastic reception we have received to date for Newton in worldwide markets is the basis for today’s announcement, Sculley said, adding that Apple continues to gain market share in France, Germany and Japan, despite the general slowdown in the industry. France and Japan represent our largest markets outside the US, he noted. Apple also announced a new CD-ROM drive, the AppleCD 300, which it says can operate at either 300Kbps or 150Kbps. A speed select switch enables users to choose either speed. The disk also has a 256Kb buffer for faster data transfer. The CD 300 supports several new CD formats, including Kodak Photo CD, CD+G and CD+MIDI. A Photo CD image is a digitised version of a 35mm photo, while CD+MIDI is said to enable musicians to integrate MIDI-synthesised music into a CD title more easily. Available in early 1993 in internal and external formats, the CD 300 will be shipped with a collection of eight to 10 CD-ROM titles. The 5.25 internal version, the CD 300i, will be available as a dealer-installable option and will require a separate CPU installation kit. The European guideline price for the CD 300 is $650, and $550 for the CPU installation kit.
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