How will one print from iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rickhahn, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. rickhahn macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I'm thinking I'd like to replace my MBP for an iPad for short trips. Use iWork to create/edit docs and then save them to MobileMe. So far, so good. But how will I be able to print from the iPad? Thoughts?
  2. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    My personal opinion: Printing to most major brands of wireless printers that have drivers available for OS-X will eventually be enabled on the iPad.

    - They are porting iWork apps to it. One is a word processor. Duh.
    - It has a web browser. Who hasn't wanted to print a web receipt or web email from their mac or PC? No one will really want to have to get off the Sofa and boot up their powermac just to print. We'll expect the iPad to do it.
    - It has Email. I get receipts from on-line purchases in my email. It'll need to be able to print them out.
    - Printing is one of those things any netbook or notebook or desktop can do. The iPad wants to play in that territory, so it'll have to print.

    So the iPad WILL print. It's a non-starter if it can't. JMHO
  3. gusto5 macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2006
    One might want to speculate printing over networked devices.
  4. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
  5. jeznav macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2007
    Bonjour services

    Through Bonjour services...

    First it discovers all printers connected on a network(wired/wireless). It then downloads the proper printer drivers from the internet(just like Snow Leopard). This case you use what you need and not having 200+ printers preinstalled which gives the OS bloat.
  6. Sketh macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2007

    Ahhhhh... I liked that.

    But seriously, Bonjour.
  7. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    Yep a lot of work when it to shrinking print services footprints and making more adaptable for any situation. Which all makes much more sense when you see some thing like the iPad.

    I wonder if the system will change so that Bonjour printers will just be in your printer list without configuration much like a computer connected printer shared by bonjour. Make the whole thing much easier.
  8. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I think some devs with 3.2 SDK mentioned it, along with the new file system. I have a new Canon WIFI printer and I love it. I frequently print 4x6's that I take on my iPhone and edit in PhotoGene using Canon's print app, which is pretty slick. It would be great if it detected the printers at school and allowed printing to them over WIFI.
  9. drtyrell macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2006
    There is a very simple answer for this. Apple has a yet to be announced new product that Steve just thought up after seeing how many people bought his iPad pitch. He's decided that the same gullible people will LOVE his new invention.

    It's called iPaper. It's made from all natural green trees. This new device will sell a single sheet at a time for the low low price of $.99...hey, still under a dollar right? The iPad user will deem this new invention so innovative that they will merely have to look at the iPaper and "imagine" that the print out has appeared on the paper, and WOLA...the same coked out Apple fan cult following mind will hallucinate the image onto the paper (mind you only visible to OTHER coked out monkeys).

    iPaper will be made available shortly after the iPad's release. To ensure that iPaper doesn't compete with regular paper, Steve will conduct another Flint Hall presentation telling the coked out Apple fans that normal paper won't work with the iPad print feature. Because this fan base believes anything and everything that Steve says, their minds will be permanently forbidden from getting any other print peripheral working.

  10. ChromeCloud macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    Why would I want to print anything on paper?

    The iPad has all the advantages of printed paper (can be easily carried, allows easy manipulation of docs - think of hand drawing diagrams or highlighting portions of a document with your bare hands) and none of the drawbacks (can't find stuff easily when you have a lot of printed documents, can't easily erase/update them, the expenses for both paper and ink, wasted space)....

    So basically printing anything for yourself, once you got an iPad, will be just a waste of time and money (and trees).

    If you're worried about how you're going to share docs and pictures, well, let's say somebody came up with a neat technology called e-mail... welcome to 1993, my friend.
  11. njvan macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009
    Lol! On topic, I have a Canon 850MX connected to my network via an Airport Extreme. I hoping I'll be able to print directly.
  12. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Yeah, that would be great and all, but try telling that to my Art History prof. Emailed papers? Blasphemy! Environment be damned. Or my boss for that matter. That man NEEDS a printout of everything. Plus I'm also a graphic is not so dead for me. Though I'll admit that printing layouts from my iPad doesn't seem likely any time soon. But sketches and comps, yes.
  13. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    Trhere are plenty of apps for the iPhone that print to networked printers so presumably this will work.

    I also recall I think when OS 3.0 was released they were taking about how all these manufactures could develop hardware that could plug via USB into the iPhone port.

    Hopfully someone will make a ipad compatiable printer.
  14. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    1993 ? You're 11 years late. Modern e-mail was born in 1982, when RFC821 first appeared and described SMTP. SMTP however is just a derivative of many other technologies that came before it, ie, MTP, FTP mail, Mailbox Protocol, etc...

    ARPANET first had electronic mail in 1971.

    At least if you're trying to be witty, make sure your wit is factually correct.
  15. Maccooper macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Printing from Ipad

    I find it very interesting that the iPad video on Apple's website shows the user receiving an airline boarding pass. What good is it if it won't print it?
  16. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009

    What would you want to print? Oh ... I don't know
    Boarding passes
    Movie/Theater/Event tickets
    Return Authorization Form
    Your yearly tax forms
    A greeting/thank you card

    need I continue?
  17. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2003
    There's no need to print a boarding pass, the screen can be scanned.
  18. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yeah? Try telling that to most airport/amtrack/etc gates that either don't know or will "fight" you over it.

    Easier to print until it's more widely adopted.
  19. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2003
    1) Scan the screen. You can already do this with coupons at losts of places.
    2) Most places you order the tickets online and pick them up.
    3) You have a point here but I can't imagine the iPad being my only computer.
    4) E-file. The forms can be saved as a secured PDF then printed later.
    5) See #3.

    By the way I'm not saying I wouldn't like to see printing from the iPad its just that I carry an iPhone/iPad or whatever to cut down on the amount of paper I need to carry.

    There are lots of paperless solutions and they will only get more prevalent.
  20. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
  21. ansabakhan macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010
    mail on ipad.... would there be an option to print ?
  22. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    I think it would be logical to be able to print documents etc. (iWork) and mail via bluetooth or your WiFi connection.
  23. ansabakhan macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010
    yes i think that should be there... and its not hard to hook printer via blutooth.. i dont have a iphone .. is there an option to print on iphone some how? a third party add-on maybe?
  24. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Boarding 'passes' have been paperless since 2009 at some airports.

    The story is from Feb 2009, so I assume more sites have come online:

    "Travelers who want to take advantage of mobile boarding must first check in through the airline’s mobile site on their phone’s browser. As long as the device is Web-enabled and can receive e-mails and display images, you’re good to go, regardless of the screen size.

    After checking in, you’ll see a two-dimensional, encrypted bar code on the screen. Provided your airport has the right equipment, airline officials can scan the bar code on your cell, both at security checkpoints and the gate. If for some reason the system fails, attendants can print your boarding pass at the gate.

    American Airlines lets passengers use their cell phone as a boarding pass in Chicago O’Hare International, Los Angeles International, and John Wayne–Orange County airports. Continental has programs in George Bush Intercontinental, LaGuardia International, Newark Liberty International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Cleveland Hopkins International, San Antonio International, Austin-Bergstrom International, and Logan International airports. Delta is running trials at New York’s LaGuardia International Airport. In total, 13 airlines worldwide offer mobile boarding options."

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