Apple is giving $1million to the families of rescue workers who lost their lives in the recent US terrorist-strike catastrophe.

An iBook will also be donated to each of the families with children. The announcement was made by Apple spokeswoman, Lynn Fox, to MacCentral.

The money will be presented to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Apple's gesture echoes those made by other IT companies in recent days.

Microsoft, Aladdin, Thursby and MCF Software have all contributed relief funds to the victims of the attacks. Microsoft is donating $5 million in cash to the September 11th Fund established by The United Way of New York City and New York Community Trust, and is also providing $5 million in technical services and software to recovery efforts.

Thursby is bequesting all money from sales generated through its online store, while Aladdin is donating $1 from all online sales made during the next 30 days. MCF Software, meanwhile, is donating all cash generated generated by its mailing-list and server software packages – ListStar and MacRadius – until September 30.

All these companies are giving to the American Red Cross.