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.