Resolved Why doesn't OS X use AirPrint?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Patriot24, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Patriot24, Dec 26, 2012
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    Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    It seems strange that AirPrint isn't an option when using a Mac and an AirPrint-enabled printer on the network. It seems like all of the advantages of easy wireless printing for novice users would translate to the Mac well and deliver on Apple's promise of easier computing that "just works"?

    This occurred to me when I recently purchased a new printer and had to go find a downloadable version of the drivers because my MacBook Air doesn't have an optical drive to run the disc. Not a big deal for me to find and install, but I can't say the same for someone that specifically buys a Mac because they are afraid of these kinds of technical items.

    Apple should just cut through the crap and eliminate the print manufacturer's software altogether.
     
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    An HP all-in-one that is replacing a previous all-in-one. I have no issues at all printing from my Mac or iOS devices, it just seemed curious to me that Mac doesn't offer it as an option.
     
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    I was thinking that 10.8 does indeed print to an AirPrint printer with no additional drivers.
     
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    Oh wow, you're right. When you click to add a printer you can set it to print via AirPrint by default.

    I guess that solves that. Makes sense.
     

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