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Apple announces AirPrint wireless printing for iOS 4.2

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Apps + Games, iPod

Apple today announced that it is releasing a beta version of AirPrint wireless printing for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch to members of its iOS Developer Program, and that the new feature will be part of iOS 4.2 when it is released publicly in November. AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks that can print text, photos, and graphics wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need for additional drivers or software. Supported printers include HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint models, as well as printers shared through a Mac or a PC. Notably, Apple claims that printing will only be supported on iOS devices that support multitasking, yet lists the second-generation iPod touch as compatible, while omitting the iPhone 3G.

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

“We’re pleased to work with Apple to bring Apple’s AirPrint to our fall lineup of ePrint printers in time for the holiday shopping season,” said Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group. “Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant.”

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Comments

1

Does anyone know how this works?  Will it work with any Bonjour printer?  There is an “information sinkhole hole” regarding this feature.  Sounds like voodoo…so I want to understand the science behind it instead.

Posted by Brian on September 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM (PDT)

2

Well, the fairies feed the unicorns with the bits they see in the air, and then the unicorns fly over to the printer, fiddle around with the buttons in the back (that only they can see) and then paper comes out.

Posted by mwilgar on September 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

3

Best. Answer. Ever.

Posted by ahMEmon on September 16, 2010 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

4

Still, I’d like to know the answer too. If I’m reading this right, the printer I have hooked up to our Airport Extreme Base Station will show up as available to AirPrint on my iPhone 4.

FYI, the EuroSmartz solution, Print n Share, is a great alternative that’s available now and offers other features such as local storage and email retrieval. Probably not as simple as AirPrint will be but a solution TODAY.

Posted by D9 on September 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM (PDT)

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