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Apple Scanner attached to a Macintosh SE
Apple Scanner attached to a Macintosh SE

In August 1988 Apple Computer introduced the Apple Scanner.[1] It was their first A4 (8.5 in × 14.0 in) flatbed scanner. It was capable of a 4-bit image with 16 levels of grey in a maximum resolution of 300 dpi.[2] The scanner could complete a full scan in 20.4 seconds.[citation needed] It shipped with a SCSI connection[3] with an unused serial port.

To control the scanner, it came with both AppleScan and HyperScan, the latter allowed users to scan directly from within HyperCard.[4] Later, only AppleScan was offered.[3]

The scanner was upgraded to the short-lived Apple OneScanner in 1991 with 256 levels of grey.[5]


  1. ^ "MicroDigest: MacWorld Expo Summer '88". U-M Computing News. Vol. 3, no. 16. September 19, 1988. p. 9. ...New from Apple: the Apple Scanner...
  2. ^ Flynn, Laurie; Watt, Peggy (August 1, 1988). "68030 Mac, Scanner to highlight Macworld". InfoWorld. Vol. 10, no. 31. pp. 1, 73.
  3. ^ a b Roth, Steve (October 1991). "Scanners in View". Macworld. Vol. 8, no. 10. pp. 146–153.
  4. ^ Garrison, Ann (November 1988). "Apple Connects with New Scanner". Macworld. Vol. 5, no. 11. p. 69.
  5. ^ Heid, Jim (December 1991). "OneScanner we Can Afford". Macworld. Vol. 8, no. 12. p. 109.