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March 21, 1996

APPLE UNVEILS MESSAGEPAD 130

By CBR Staff Writer

Even if Apple Computer Inc wants to divest the Newton Personal Digital Assistant business, it needs to keep the franchise fresh if it is not to lose value at a frightening rate. Accordingly, the company has unveiled the MessagePad 130 with user- controllable back lighting for on-demand use and a new non-glare screen for viewing and entering information in any lighting condition. It runs what has been hailed as a much improved Version 2.0 of the Newton operating system and will come bundled with the Newton back-up utility for Windows and Mac OS personal computers; serial cables; pocket Quicken 1.2; Compuserve mail client; Newton tour reference software; and handwriting instruction reference demo. It will ship for $800 next month.

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