Options for print with iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by mamcx, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    Hi, for my new app I wanna the option to print tickets (text only).

    I wonder if any of the available termic or POS style bluetoot printers work (or can work) with a iPhone app...
  2. macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I don't think that is possible with the current sdk.
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    well there are apps that use the wireless network connectivity to download/upload files from and to the phone. you might try doing something along those lines.
  4. macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    Text only over a networked printer ought to be possible.

    If you are doing text only you should be able to print something to a networked printer. Notice the words ought and should, as I haven't done this myself, but right now the only practical way to do so would be over WiFi. For a serially attached printer you might have luck with a WiFi print server.
    This is where Apple is really screwing the pooch as BluTooth has been all but forgotten from what I can see. Right now they just don't support the profiles that would make this work, not even serial profile. So you can either whine and register a defect with Apple or you can jail break the unit.

    Again this is third party but it is my understanding that the hacking crowd has come up with a more robust BluTooth stack. At least that (if it works) would give you an alternative to WiFi. A WiFi has the potential to be more robust if you are walking around with a hand held device so I'd recommend looking in that direction.

    I haven't gone looking for any print API's but I'm pretty sure the iPhone SDK comes sans printing capability. You really should need that anyways if the data is a simple txt stream.


  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    ANd whta is that? Is possible have a pocket-size wireless printer for a person in the field?

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