Dead Apple Products – The Apple LaserWriter
3D printers may be all the rage these days, but the laser printer helped kickstart the desktop publishing boom that fueled Macintosh popularity and helped the Apple Mac celebrate that big 30th anniversary.
In the early 1980s, laser printers were big and expensive. Hewlett-Packard finally got the technology down to the point where it would fit on a desktop (instead of filling a room) … but its first desktop laser printer went for nearly $13,000 — too expensive for most offices.
Apple introduced its own laser printer, the LaserWriter, in 1985 at a cut-rate price of $6,995. This line of Apple products turned into a lucrative business, but competition and growing popularity of cheaper inkjet printers eventually signaled it was time to get out.
After more than a decade and two dozen models, the company killed the Apple LaserWriter in 1997 — the same year the QuickTake was added to the list of dead Apple products.