ImageWriter II

It’s been over two decades since the ImageWriter II was discontinued, but for many Apple enthusiasts, the memories of this classic printer are still fresh in their minds. The ImageWriter II was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple as part of the Apple Printer series from 1985 to 1996.

The ImageWriter II was first introduced on September 1, 1985, and at the time, it was considered a technological marvel. The printer featured four printing colors, a printing resolution of up to 144 dpi, a printing speed of up to 2.5 pages per minute, and a Serial connection port. This made ImageWriter II a popular choice for home users and small businesses who needed a reliable and efficient printer.

At the time of its release, the Apple ImageWriter II had a retail price of $595, which was considered quite expensive. However, the printer’s high-quality output and performance made it well worth the price for many users.

The ImageWriter II’s legacy lives on today, with many retro tech enthusiasts still using the printer for their personal and professional needs. In fact, the ImageWriter II is now 37 years old, and despite its age, the printer still holds up well against more modern models.

However, it’s important to note that the ImageWriter II was discontinued in Late 1996, which means that it’s no longer manufactured or supported by Apple. Nevertheless, the ImageWriter II will always hold a special place in the hearts of Apple enthusiasts who remember its impressive quality and performance.

Apple ImageWriter II
Source: – Apple ImageWriter II

ImageWriter II Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedSeptember 1, 1985
DiscontinuedLate 1996
Model NumberA9M0320
Original Price$595
Weight15 Ibs.
6.803 KG
Demensions5” H x 17” W x 12” D
12.7 cm H x 43.18 cm W x 30.48 cm D

Previous model


TypeImpact dot matrix
Pages Per Minute0.5 (Near-Letter Quality)
2 (Standard)
2.5 (Draft)
CartridgeImageWriter Black Ribbon (A2M0077)
ImageWriter Color Ribbon (A9G0331)


Optical LocalTalk


Maximum Continuous Power180 W

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Apple Support – ImageWriter II: Technical Specifications