Software Salvation For Apple?

Apple Computer will unveil new operating-system software on Oct. 4. Called System 7 Pro, the new product makes it easier for Macintosh users to customize software and manipulate video, sound, and animation while improving their ability to share documents over a network.

It also may help Apple lift its sagging profits. The computer maker has slashed Mac prices 26% since June, putting the squeeze on profits. That makes software sales, which have fat profit margins, critical. Apple estimates "many millions" of Mac users will buy System 7 Pro but declined to say what it will mean for the bottom line.