Apple Boosts Java Performance on Macintosh

Symantec’s Just In Time (JIT) Compiler Licensed to Accelerate Mac OS
Runtime for Java

WWDC, SAN JOSE, California–May 11, 1998–At the Company’s annual Worldwide
Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple Computer, Inc. today announced it has
licensed the PowerPC version of Symantec Corporation’s high-performance
Just In Time (JIT) compiler for Java. Later this summer Apple intends to
integrate the JIT compiler into Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ), delivering a
significant performance enhancement to Apple’s Java-compatible virtual
machine (VM).

“Our customers want better Java performance in Mac OS and we’re committed
to giving it to them,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s Interim CEO. “We are
working hard to make our Java implementation second in speed to none other
in the world.”

With the JIT compiler Apple expects to significantly boost the performance
of Java software running on Mac OS. Industry standard benchmarks on
preliminary versions of MRJ combined with the JIT compiler show a 300
percent performance improvement over the current version of MRJ. This is
competitive with results seen with Java VMs provided with web browsers for
Windows-based computers.

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 140
countries around the world.

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Apple Computer, Inc.
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Russell Brady
Apple Computer, Inc.
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