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In the early days of personal computing, Apple was known not just for its iconic Macintosh computers, but also for its peripherals, including the ImageWriter, a printer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by the company from 1984 to 1987.
The ImageWriter was first introduced on April 1, 1984, and quickly became a popular choice for Macintosh users. The printer featured two models, with widths of 10 inches and 15 inches, and was capable of printing in color, with a resolution of up to 144 dpi. With a printing speed of up to one page per minute and a Serial connection port, the ImageWriter was a reliable and efficient way to print documents and graphics from a Macintosh.
Despite its popularity, the Apple ImageWriter was discontinued on September 1, 1987, and is now considered a piece of vintage technology. But for those who remember the early days of the Macintosh, the ImageWriter remains a beloved piece of Apple history and a reminder of the company’s early innovations in the world of personal computing. At age of 38 the ImageWriter is a true classic of the tech industry.
|Introduced||April 1, 1984 (15″)|
June 1, 1984 (10″)
|Discontinued||December 1, 1985 (10″)|
September 1, 1987 (15″)
|Dimensions||4.8” H x 16.2” W x 11.8” D|
12.19 cm H x 41.14 cm W x 29.97 cm D
|Type||Impact dot matrix|
|Pages Per Minute||1|
|Cartridge||ImageWriter Black Ribbon (A2M0077)|
|Maximum Continuous Power||180 W|
Further Reading and References
- ImageWriter – Wikipedia
- Support for Apple Printers – Apple Support Page 1999 – Internet Archive
- Apple ImageWriter I – Printer – Computing History
- ImageWriter: Technical Specifications – Apple Support
- ImageWriter 15″: Technical Specifications – Apple Support
- Apple ImageWriter – iFixit
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Last updated: March 8, 2023