List of Apple printers

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Apple has produced several lines of printers in its history, but no longer produces or supports these devices today. Though some early products use thermal technology, Apple's products can be broadly divided into three lines: ImageWriter (dot matrix), LaserWriter (PostScript laser), and StyleWriter (thermal inkjet).

Early products[edit]

Apple's first printer release was the Apple Silentype, released in June 1979, shortly after the Apple II Plus. The Silentype was a thermal printer, which used a special paper and provided 80 column output. Also compatible with the Apple III, the Silentype was a rebranded Trendcom 200.[1][2]

The Apple Dot Matrix Printer (often shortened to Apple DMP) is a printer manufactured by C. Itoh and sold under Apple label in 1982 for the Apple II series, Lisa, and the Apple III.[1] Apple followed this release with a Qume daisy wheel engine, the Apple Letter Quality Printer, in January 1983. This printer could print at forty characters per second.[1] The Apple Scribe Printer was a thermal transfer printer, first introduced in 1984 alongside the Apple IIc for a relatively low retail price, and compatible with the Apple IIe computer.[1] Immediately after the release of the first Macintosh computer, Apple released its only plotter, the Apple Color Plotter. This printer moved and rotated four color pens along the horizontal axis, the device moving the paper into order to allow its pens to render along the vertical axis.[1]

Dot-matrix series[edit]

Main article: ImageWriter
Image Name Type Interface DPI Introduced Discontinued Notes
ImageWriter ImageWriter Dot matrix serial 144 1984-06-01June 1, 1984 1985-12-01December 1, 1985 24 pin[3]
ImageWriter II ImageWriter II Dot matrix serial 160x144 1985-09-01September 1, 1985 Late 1996 24 pin[4]
ImageWriter II ImageWriter LQ Dot matrix serial 320x216 1987-08-01August 1, 1987 1990-12-01December 1, 1990 27 pin, Letter Quality[5]

Laser printer series[edit]

Main article: LaserWriter

The LaserWriter was a laser printer with built-in PostScript interpreter introduced by Apple in 1985. It was one of the first laser printers available to the mass market. In combination with WYSIWYG publishing software like PageMaker, that operated on top of the graphical user interface of Macintosh computers, the LaserWriter was a key component at the beginning of the desktop publishing revolution.[6][7]

Image Name Type Interface Engine PPM DPI Introduced Discontinued Weight Notes
Apple Laserwriter LaserWriter PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-CX
8 300 1985-03-01March 1, 1985 1988-02-01February 1, 1988 77 lbs. [8]
Apple Laserwriter LaserWriter Plus PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-CX
8 300 1986-01-01January 1, 1986 1988-02-01February 1, 1988 77 lbs. [9]
LaserWriter II LaserWriter II SC QuickDraw
laser
SCSI Canon
LBP-SX
8 300 1988-01-01January 1, 1988 1990-07-01July 1, 1990 45 lbs. [10]
LaserWriter II LaserWriter II NT PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-SX
8 300 1988-01-01January 1, 1988 1990-10-01October 1, 1991 45 lbs. [11]
LaserWriter II LaserWriter II NTX PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-SX
8 300 1988-01-01January 1, 1988 1990-10-01October 1, 1991 45 lbs. [12]
LaserWriter II LaserWriter II f PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-SX
8 300 1990-10-01October 1, 1991 1993-05-01May 1, 1993 45 lbs. [13]
LaserWriter II LaserWriter II g PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
AAUI
Canon
LBP-SX
8 300 1991-10-01October 1, 1991 1993-10-01October 1, 1993 45 lbs. [14]
Personal LaserWriter SC QuickDraw
laser
SCSI Canon
LBP-LX
4 300 1990-06-01June 1, 1990 1993-09-01September 1, 1993 32 lbs. [15]
Personal LaserWriter LS Personal LaserWriter LS QuickDraw
laser
serial Canon
LBP-LX
4 300 1991-03-01March 1, 1991 1993-05-01May 1, 1993 31 lbs. [16]
Personal LaserWriter NT PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
Canon
LBP-LX
4 300 1991-07-01July 1, 1991 n/an/a 32 lbs. [17]
Personal LaserWriter NTR PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
parallel
Canon
LBP-LX
4 300 1992-03-01March 1, 1992 1993-09-01September 1, 1993 29.5 lbs. [18]
Personal LaserWriter 300 Personal LaserWriter 300 QuickDraw
laser
serial Canon
LBP-PX
4 300 1993-06-01June 1, 1993 n/an/a 15.4 lbs. [19]
Personal LaserWriter 320 Personal LaserWriter 320 PostScript
laser
LocalTalk Canon
LBP-PX
4 300 1993-10-01October 1, 1993 1995-09-16September 16, 1995 15.4 lbs. [20]
LaserWriter Pro 600 LaserWriter Pro 600 PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
parallel
Canon
LBP-EX
8 600 1993-01-01January 1, 1993 1993-10-01October 1, 1993 39 lbs. [21]
LaserWriter Pro 630 LaserWriter Pro 630 PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
parallel
AAUI
Canon
LBP-EX
8 600 1993-01-01January 1, 1993 1993-10-01September 1, 1994 39 lbs. [22]
LaserWriter Pro 810 LaserWriter Pro 810 PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
AAUI
Fuji/Xerox
XP 20[23]
20 800 1993-10-01October 1, 1993 1994-11-01November 1, 1994 81 lbs. two built-in paper trays[24]
LaserWriter Select 300 LaserWriter Select 300 QuickDraw
laser
serial Fuji/Xerox
XP 5 (P1)
5 300 1993-02-01February 1, 1993 1995-01-03January 3, 1995 26 lbs. [25]
LaserWriter Select 310 LaserWriter Select 310 PostScript
laser
serial
parallel
Fuji/Xerox
XP 5 (P1)
5 300 1993-02-01February 1, 1993 1994-01-01January 1, 1994 26 lbs. [26]
LaserWriter Select 360 LaserWriter Select 360 PostScript
laser
serial
LocalTalk
parallel
Fuji/Xerox
XP 10 (P1)
10 600 1993-10-01October 1, 1993 1996-04-22April 22, 1996 29 lbs. [27]
LaserWriter 16/600 LaserWriter 16/600 PS PostScript
laser
LocalTalk
parallel
AAUI
Canon
LBP-EX
17 600 1994-09-01September 1, 1994 n/an/a 40 lbs. [28]
LaserWriter 4/600 LaserWriter 4/600 PostScript
laser
LocalTalk Canon
LBP-PX
4 600 1995-06-01June 1, 1995 n/an/a 15.4 lbs. [29]
LaserWriter 12/640 LaserWriter 12/640 PS PostScript
laser
AAUI
LocalTalk
parallel
Fuji/Xerox 12 600 1996-05-01May 1, 1996 n/an/a 26.5 lbs. [30]
LaserWriter 8500 PostScript
laser
Ethernet
LocalTalk
parallel
Fuji/Xerox 20 600 1997-08-05August 5, 1997 n/an/a 70.4 lbs. 11x17 paper tray[31]
Color LaserWriter 12/600 Color LaserWriter 12/600 PostScript
laser
Ethernet
LocalTalk
parallel
Canon 12 600 1995-06-01June 1, 1995 n/an/a 110 lbs. 3 ppm in color[32]
Color LaserWriter 12/600 Color LaserWriter 12/660 PostScript
laser
Ethernet
LocalTalk
parallel
Canon 12 600 1996-10-01October 1, 1996 n/an/a 110 lbs. 3 ppm in color[33]

Inkjet series[edit]

Main article: StyleWriter

The StyleWriter was the first of Apple's line of inkjet serial printers, targeted mainly towards consumers. They produced print quality that was better than the dot matrix ImageWriters, and were cheaper than the LaserWriters. All but a few models contained Canon print engines, a few were rebadged Canon printers, while the last few were rebadged HP DeskJet printers.

The Apple Color Printer was the first color inkjet printer sold by Apple. Introduced in 1993 alongside the StyleWriter II, it was a rebadged Canon BJC-820 printer.[34] Its maximum resolution was 360 DPI and connected to the computer via SCSI. Unlike many inkjet printers of the time, the Apple Color Printer did not suffer from print slowdowns caused by slow communication from the computer performing rasterization, since the SCSI bus is relatively fast. The model was discontinued in 1994 when Apple introduced the Color StyleWriter series of printers.[35]

Image Name Type Interface Engine PPM DPI Introduced Discontinued Weight Notes
StyleWriter monochrome
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 0.5 360 1991-03-01March 1, 1991 1993-01-01January 1, 1993 7.5 lbs. [36]
StyleWriter II monochrome
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 1 360 1993-01-01January 1, 1993 1995-04-17April 17, 1995 6.6 lbs. [37]
Portable StyleWriter monochrome
thermal
inkjet
parallel Canon 0.5 360 1993-06-01June 1, 1993 1995-05-15May 15, 1995 4.5 lbs. Cable adapter allowed connection to serial[38]
Color StyleWriter Pro color
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 2/0.5 360 1994-02-01February 1, 1994 1995-12-16December 16, 1995 11 lbs. [39]
StyleWriter 1200 monochrome
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 1 360 1994-04-01April 1, 1994 n/an/a 6.6 lbs. [40]
Color StyleWriter 2400 color
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 3 360 1994-09-01September 1, 1994 n/an/a 7.9 lbs. LocalTalk option[41]
Color StyleWriter 2200 color
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 3 720x360 1995-06-01June 1, 1995 n/an/a 3.1 lbs. portable[42]
Color StyleWriter 1500 color
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 3 720x360 1996-02-19February 19, 1996 n/an/a 5.5 lbs. LocalTalk option, EtherTalk option[43]
Color StyleWriter 2500 color
thermal
inkjet
serial Canon 3 720x360 1996-02-19February 19, 1996 n/an/a 6.9 lbs. LocalTalk option, EtherTalk option[44]
Color StyleWriter 4100 color
thermal
inkjet
serial
LocalTalk
HP 5 600 1997-06-16June 16, 1997 n/an/a 11.7 lbs. [45]
Color StyleWriter 4500 color
thermal
inkjet
serial
LocalTalk
HP 5 600 1997-06-16June 16, 1997 n/an/a 11.7 lbs. [46]
Color StyleWriter 6500 color
thermal
inkjet
serial
LocalTalk
parallel
HP 8/4 600 1997-06-16June 16, 1997 n/an/a 14.3 lbs. EtherTalk option[47]

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