A couple of weeks back, CEO Steve Jobs made publicly announced the specification details of the Apple iOS 4.2 and event sent pout the beta release the revamped operating system. The revamped iOS also features the ability to print wirelessly from Apple devices, the iPad tablet PC and iPhone.
Apple recently released a beta version of the AirPrint to its developers today as part of the iOS 4.2 beta, which is set to rolled out this November as free uodate to all users. AirPrint has a capability to locate or track wireless printers on your network to print photos and documents without even installing additional software. HP’s current and future wireless printers will be the first to support Apple’s AirPrint. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this fall include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled 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.”
Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, said that AirPrint allows users 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.”
Additional feature of the iOS 4.2 is AirPlay. Similar to AirPrint, users can stream media over a wireless network. However, this feature will only work with certain software and hardware, such as AppleTV.