Apple has sent word that it is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to members of Apple’s iOS developer program.
Available today, AirPrint will be available to the rest of us when it is included in the free iOS 4.2 software update due in November.
Apple explains, AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software.
HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this autumn will include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.
Apple adds, AirPrint is designed to support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers.
"AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS - no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
"iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC." AirPrint will be compatible with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch, third generation and later.
"Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant," added Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group.