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December 8, 1987

APPLE PLANS SCANNER, LASER PRINTERS NEXT MONTH

By CBR Staff Writer

The flatbed image scanner for the Macintosh that was expected from Apple in August, is now tipped to for next month. Microbytes hears that the scanner was delayed because a companion product, linked to the scanner in a planned advertising campaign, was not ready. The newswire hears that the scanner, which links to the SCSI port, has 300 dots per inch resolution, and uses the Pixel BitMap format; it will likely cost around $1,600. Expected to support line drawing and offer a 4-bit-deep grey scale for photographs, it will also have 75 dpi fast-scan for test printing.Also expected at January’s MacWorld Expo in San Francisco are three new laser printers driven by the new Canon LBP-SX engine, to replace the LaserWriter line. According to Newsbytes, the low-end model will rely on the Macintosh Quickdraw language, but it is expected to be upgradeable with a 68000-based peripheral card to run PostScript applications. Two slots in the low-end printer will also accommodate cards for Ethernet, extra fonts or memory boards. It is expected to sell for $2,500. Like the current LaserWriters, the mid-range and high-end models will have PostScript in ROM: the mid-range printer is expected to be an upgraded LaserWriter Plus with the new engine, and expansion slots. The fast high-end printer will be driven by a 16MHz Motorola 68020 processor.

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