Apple memo declares ‘No more typewriters,’ February 1, 1980
Typewriters were, at the time, the biggest competitor to the Apple II, an 8-bit home computer that was one of the first successful mass-produced microcomputer products.
In the memo, Scott stated:
Effective Immediately!! No more typewriters are to be purchased, leased etc., etc.
Apple is an innovative company. We must believe and lead in all areas. If word processing is so neat, then let’s all use it!
Goal: By 1-1-81 No typewriters at Apple. (Ken, get rid of the DEC word processor ASAP)
Brownie Points: Typewriter users giving up their machines in favor of Apple II-Apple Writer Systems will get first priority on new Apple high performance systems. Those who can justify direct typing capabilities and will turn in their typewriter will get first Qume with Keyboard/Apple installations.
We believe the typewriter is obsolete. Let’s prove it inside before we try and convince our customers.
The memo was titled "YOU ALL BETTER READ THIS."
In the same year, Apple got rid of the title of “secretary,” as the company believed it to be tied too closely to a typist.
- Apple II goes on sale, June 5, 1977
- 1st practical typewriter is patented, August 26, 1843
- End of an era – Last mechanical typewriters are sold
- Apple teardown and analysis collection
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Editor's note: This article was originally posted on February 1, 2013 and edited on February 1, 2017 to correct the phrase "let’s all use it."