Wireless Printing Coming to iPhones, iPads in November
Apple this week released a test version of its wireless printing feature to developers. Built into iOS 4.2, the operating system update will be available to all users in November.
AirPrint automatically detects compatible, Wi-Fi enabled printers without any additional drivers or software required, and wirelessly sends documents and photos for printing over a local Wi-Fi network.
HP ePrint-enabled printers will be the first printers to support AirPrint.
But a new HP printer is not a requirement to use Airprint. iOS 4.2 devices will be able to print to a printer shared with a Mac or PC. AirPrint is designed to support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers.
"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," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing said in a statement.