Apple has released a beta version of AirPrint to those in its iOS developer circle and expects the final version to be included in the free iOS 4.2 update due this November.
AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and beams text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over wi-fi without having to install drivers or software.
HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
“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 VP 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 also support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers.
The app will work with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (third generation and later).