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  • 1979

Hardware Description

Apple introduced the Silentype printer in June 1979. The Silentype was Apple's first printer. It is a thermal printer that uses special heat-sensitive paper and does not have a printer ribbon like a dot-matrix printer or printer ink like an inkjet printer. Apple originally packaged the Silentype with a Synch Printer Interface Card for connecting it to an Apple II or Apple II Plus computer and priced it at $595 (A2M0036). After the introduction of the Apple III with its built-in Silentype port in June 1980, Apple offered a Silentype package without the interface card for $525 (A3M0001). I purchased my Silentype in 2008 for $70.