Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

Apple is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for its iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices.

Apple said Wednesday that it is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for its iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices.

The software, which automatically finds printers on local networks, will be released to members of Apple's iOS developer program.

It can print text, photos and graphics without requiring the installation of drivers, and is available for the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and second-generation or later iPod touch.

HP's ePrint-enabled printers will be the first to support iOS printing.

"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," Apple SVP of worldwide product marketing Philip Schiller said in a statement. "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."

The program will be included in the free iOS 4.2 software update scheduled for this November.

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