HP Adds AirPrint Support to Eight More Printers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As noted by TUAW, HP this week released a series of firmware updates bringing AirPrint compatibility to eight more printers, offering users of iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or later the ability to wirelessly print directly from their devices.
    Firmware updates are available through HP's support site.


    Apple had initially intended AirPrint to debut late last year as part of iOS 4.2 with support for a wide variety of printers, including the ability to print to printers shared via users' computers. Apple dramatically scaled back the functionality before release, however, and ultimately limited AirPrint compatibility to a handful of compatible printers from HP.

    Support for AirPrint has gradually expanded over time, but still remains limited to just 27 HP printer models.

    Article Link: HP Adds AirPrint Support to Eight More Printers
  2. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Sorry if I missed something along the way, but why is HP on top of this? Is there some sort of exclusivity?
  3. WiBu macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2010
    Some sort of patent if I remember correctly.
  4. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    I don't know why I can print from my iPhone to an HP LaserJet printer (with no wifi capabilities) connected to my AirPort Extreme.
  5. thelonelylimo macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Apple & HP have been close for years.
  6. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    An HP patent?

    I remember something about a patent as well. But I've forgotten if it was another company or HP's patent that Apple was infringing upon.

    Either way, it's a shame. Hopefully they can one day give the shared printer functionality back to AirPrint.
  7. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  8. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
  9. Richdmoore macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I use printopia to make all my printers work. Works great.
  10. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Because you're printer doesn't support driverless printing.
    And neither do iOS printing drivers for your system exist, nor does Apple facilitate creating any.

    But finally we get some affordable laser printers with AirPrint functionality...
  11. ScoutDad macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
  12. lehite macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2010
    Google "AirPrint Activator". Follow instructions.
  13. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area

    It's HPs patent but the actual process involves PDF conversion so Adobe may be involved as well.
    That's what I heard.
  14. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I hate my HP printer, it's airprint compatible, which I like, but I hate everything else about it. Plus, the door broke off. :eek:
  15. jozeppy26 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    St. Louis
  16. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  17. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Haha, I've found that HPs printers (at least all the ones I've owned) aren't all that great.

    They feel poorly built and they always make really strange sounds as if they're about to fall apart. They all sounded rickety! lol.

    Maybe they've improved but next time I buy a printer it's not going to be HP.

    Come on Apple! License those HP AirPrint-related patents and re-enable shared printing!
    In the meantime, I'll try that hack.
  18. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This works great on my canon.
  19. -Ken- macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2011
    Oregon, USA
    If they're under $100, they're junk. The medium and higher end printers are quite nice.

    Yes, it's a Captain Obvious statement but if you want a cheap printer, just avoid an HP.
  20. Monadi macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2011
    Apologies for my ignorance, but what happened to Airprint for other brands like Epson?
  21. res1233, Jun 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011

    res1233 macrumors 65816


    Dec 8, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Both Apple and HP make quality products, as far as HP printers go anyway. I've had two Epson printers, and two HP printers. The first one was an Epson: It died early due to ink clogging the printer heads. Same thing happened with the second one. The first HP we had lasted for what must have been about 6 or 7 years... It still would have been fine, but someone broke the tray. We now have another HP printer, and it has been chugging along just fine for about 2 years with no hiccups. I think HP and Apple fit together quite nicely in terms of product reliability. Now if only Apple would stop offering the mail-in rebate for Epsons...

    HP already has something fairly different, but contains some of the tech required for AirPrint, called ePrint in many of their printers, and if I'm not mistaken, the only HP printers that support AirPrint also support ePrint. Support for all printers was supposed to have been introduced via printer sharing from your mac, but that was pulled, so this is all we have for now.

    I've always believed in paying a little extra for quality, hence why I own macs. I avoid dirt cheap products because they rarely are any good. You get what you pay for and such.
  22. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Do your HP printers make "it's about to fall apart" sounds? If not, I may reconsider buying one. Though I'll definitely go for a mid-range one and not a cheap one.

    Yeah, the "piece of junk" sounds that my HP printers made really bugged me lol. I want a printer that sounds solid :)
  23. adwebinc macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Wish they would rollout firmware for my 309g, but since they released the 310, my guess is they will not. Helps with the whole planned obsolescence strategy.
  24. yourstation macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Some of these printers really do make a mockery of the use of the word 'Pro'...
  25. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    I really hate to have to say this but ......

    There's an App for that

    Actually there are several. You just need to set up a companion app on the computer connected to the printer.

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