Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

Summary: 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.

Topics: Data Management, Apple, Software, Printers, Networking, Mobility, iPad, iPhone, Hardware, Enterprise Software, Banking, Wi-Fi

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  • Awesome....

    Just another notch in Apple's arsenal against the nonexistent Windows touch device.
    • Wow!


      Okay, they got it to print...now all they have to get it to do is accept VGA, USB and Flash.

      File this new under "Things the device should've been able to do out of the gate".
      • Apple is killing other device makers...

        Look at the iPod/iPhone iTunes ecosystem, 90% of all third party devices, cars, planes, etc are made for Apple's proprietary dock connector. And if the device does allow another the use of any mp3 player, it's through its headphone jack. Whippee!

        Now you have all these 150 million iOS devices printing wirelessly to shared printers and even printer manufacturers will be incorporating their technology (HP's only the first of many, everyone wants to ride the iOS bus as the road is paved with gold) right into the printers. The bigger the iOS ecosystem gets, the less room there is for copycats.

        iPads are going to be everywhere (they already are) hospitals, schools, hotels. And corporations are going to want to buy the tablet that prints the easiest, has the most apps, etc. and that's only item, the iPad.

        No other device manufacturer has the software know how or the creative geniuses that Apple has. It's the culture. Creative people that think out of the box and also have an eye for design want to work for Apple and would not work at Microsoft. Microsoft gets the opposite, visionless programmers with not one iota of creativity. Look at their leader Balmer, I can't think of a person less fit for that job. But as an Apple shareholder, I never want to see him leave!!

        Can you imagine a tablet with 1,122,000 known viruses (Symantec estimate in 2008)? Who in their right mind is going to buy a Windows tablet; OS not designed for touch, battery life of 5 hours max, blue screen of death, etc.

        Oh yeah, the Apple haters that would bite their nose to spite their face. And since they've never tried an iOS product (they to pass off picking one up for two seconds as trying one) they'll think their Windows slate is heaven sent. Like the guy that never drove anything better than a go-cart looking at a Ferrari and saying,"That's crap".

        It's sad actually. To never experience something better than what you have.

        Heck, I was a Windows user once. I'd never go back and neither would all of the clients I've switched. They actually thank me all the time.
      • Sad to see the same talking points...

        @trickytom3 <br><br>The iPad does offer VGA and USB through its famous 30 pin connector. And there were wireless printing capabilities way before this through apps in the app store. Plus companies like Epson, HP, Cannon offered their own printing app in the app store. Lets update our talking points please. And most users hardly miss Flash when there are alternatives taking its place on the iDevices. <br><br>Companies like Sap already announced the deployment of 17,000 iPads to employees. This device is already a huge winner. Apple was smart by continuing to use the 30 pin connector on the iPad. It means an army of accessory partners that saw success with iPods and iPhones throughout the years will be lining up again to make accessories for the successful iPad (made for iPad). <br><br><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/sap-to-deploy-up-to-17000-ipads-in-12-months/414" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/sap-to-deploy-up-to-17000-ipads-in-12-months/414</a>
  • RE: Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

    Whoopie! NOT!
    Big deal.
    What I need is printing via my wan.
    As I have a network printer this will do me no good at all.
    • RE: Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

      @zenwalker You want to print to a printer that is in another building? Down the road?


      I have a network printer and it's a good target for this feature.

      Btw--if you have a PC or a mac that is using your network printer, just tell that machine to share it. Problem then solved.
  • Wireless Printer...

    So you mean I can't wirelessly print to a printer that has integrated wireless capability unless it's HP? That's ridiculous! I have an Epson NX420 that I bought from the Apple Store and I won't even be able to print from my iPad unless I hook it up with USB and share it from my Mac!?!?
    • RE: Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

      @cory2107 No, that's not exactly right. You can share your wireless printer WITHOUT A USB cable, and it will work that way.

      Not a big problem, and certainly a simple workaround.

      Of course, you can't expect features to suddenly appear in printers that were made before the feature was even developed. Not unless the manufacturer finds a way to create a firmware update to make it happen.
  • RE: Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

    WOW, now maybe Apple can work to install USB2, while the rest of us use USB3. Do those come with color monitors now, or you all still using monochrome? "Twice the price, half the power", Apple branding.
  • Apple is missing the boat

    HP's ePrint crap is only in their consumer printers. Any business with a network-connected printer and a controlled domain environment WILL NOT start sharing printers on PC's.

    iWork users are going to be missing out.
  • RE: Wireless printing comes to Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod

    I'm confused. I have new iPad w/4.2. When I attempt to print email, I get message- "Looking for Printers . . . No Printers Found". My HP 8500 is "wireless" and has no problem finding wireless router. jbaker@plantationcable.net
  • What is goin on?

    Why all these articles from mid-2010?