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HP First To Join iPad Wireless Printing Party

Remember, remember the 5th of Novemember… or at the very least, one of the month’s other 29 days. Why? Because It’s during that oft neglected month of the year that iOS 4.2 for iPad will become available to eager Apple tablet-tapping consumers. Along with multi-tasking and a plethora of new features, iPad owners along with their iPhone and iPod touch toting fellows will be gifted with no-hassle wireless printing. Apple’s calling this sweet new feature AirPrint, and according to the company’s PR people, Hewlett Packard will be the first company offering up compatible hardware that will sync up with your iOS powered devices to crank out the pages.

According to Apple:

“AirPrint is designed to support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac® or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this fall include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.”

What does that mean for iPad owners that use the device as a productivity tool? You’ll soon be able to print with impunity. Being forced to connect and dump a document on to a computer or email it to a terminal in order to print will be a thing of the past.

Needless to say, we the wordy geeks of Mac|Life couldn’t be more eager for this feature… unless of course, Apple figured out a way for us to AirPrint money.


iOS 4.2 Beta is Live for Devs, iPad Printing Named AirPrint

Developers are a lucky lot. They get to play with Apple’s latest iOS before the rest of  us. Of course it’s beta software and they’re expected to write apps based on it, but it’s still a pretty cool gig.

Well developers, today Apple announced the immediate availability of iOS 4.2 beta. The latest version of the iOS brings multitasking to the iPad and the ability to print from the device. Dubbed AirPrint, according to Apple the feature requires no set up.

“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.”

If you’re rolling with the new, or relatively new, iPhone, don’t worry, you get to take part in the printing party. AirPrint supports the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and second generation or later iPod touch.

The final version of iOS 4.2 is expected to appear in November.


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