What happened to iOS air printing?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by WissMAN, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. WissMAN macrumors regular

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    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)

    So the air printing option for the iPhone and iPad seems to have lost momentum. At one point all sorts of printers (new & old) would've added...

    I see this initiative slowly fading out. No?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Its still around and active and functional as ever.
     
  3. Mawal macrumors regular

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    I installed printopia on my mac and Air print works like a charme ever since...
     
  4. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. Printopia makes all printers work with Air Print.
     
  5. Tedddman macrumors member

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    I think the OP is asking when the iPad will have an actual true printing utility that doesn't involved piggybacking onto a host computer or specialized printer hardware?

    Hopefully it will be revealed next Monday as part of iOS 5. It's beyond pathetic that the iPad still can't even natively print to a bonjour enabled printer attached to an Airport Extreme usb port. It should be able to print to any networked printer on the market just like a regular computer by now.
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    And where is the iPad going to store printer drivers for the thousands of network/USB printers that are in use in the world? Bonjour isn't a way to print, its a way to discover printers. On Mac 10.6, all the default drivers take up a few Gb of space. iOS will always need special Airprint printers or a middle computer to handle the printing process.
     
  7. archdelux macrumors 6502

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    Any free similarly functional programs?
     
  8. Tedddman macrumors member

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    Nah. They will just allow you to add the one specific driver you need for your printer to the iPad.

    Or allow a generic driver that works with 95% of printers out there. There are gimp drivers that will do that for basic web printing.

    See for more info:
    http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/
     
  9. TazExprez macrumors member

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    I was able to print directly to networked printers using JetCet on the HTC Touch Pro almost three years ago. I thought that AirPrint would allow me to do that with the iPod Touch.
     
  10. Sanveann macrumors 6502

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