Apple Graphics Tablet


The Apple Graphics Tablet is a graphics tablet that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple in 1979. The Graphics Tablet has been introduced on June 1, 1979, and its price started at $645.

The Apple Graphics Tablet offered a possibility to use Apple II as an artist tool. Graphics Tablet could be used to create for example canvas, illustrations, diagram blocks, architectural renderings, logic diagrams, schematics, mechanical shapes, or fine art just by dedicated applications.

The Apple Graphics Tablet features a large flat surface with a printed grid, wired stylus, and graphics tablet software on a floppy disk. This tablet could create graphics with a resolution of up to 280 x 192 pixels.

The first generation of Graphics Tablet has been discontinued by FCC due to radio frequency interference problems. Shortly after that Apple released the second version of this tablet which features a lack of frequency interference problems and a new DB-9 connection port.

Today Apple Graphics Tablet is 42 years old!

Apple Graphics Tablet
Source: computinghistory.org.uk – Apple Graphics Tablet

Apple Graphics Tablet Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedJune 1, 1979 (1st version)
January 16, 1983 (2nd version)
DiscontinuedUnknown
Order NumberA2M0029
Internal Price$649
WeightUnknown
Dimensions15.5” H x 15.5” W x 1” D
39.5 cm H x 39.5 cm W x 2.5 cm D

System Requirements

Graphics Tablet

Input methodStylus
Data rangeUp to 120 coordinate pairs per second
Digitizing area11″ x 11″
28 cm x 28 cm
ResolutionUp to 280 x 192 pixels
Tablet ModesRESET
CLEAR
WINDOW
BKGND COLOR
DELTA
SOFT RESET
VIEWPORT
CALIBRATE
REDUCER
Stylus ModesPEN COLOR
DRAW
LINES
DOTS
FRAME
BOX

Connections

ConnectionUnknown (1st version)
DB-9 (2nd version)

Power

Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown

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