Airprint Wi-fi limitations
With the recent release of OS 4.2 including Airprint, I am wondering why it can only be used with certain HP printers? Why not any Wi-fi capable printer? Seems rather counter productive to limit the functionality to a select few. Are there plans to change this in the future to include all Wi-fi printers? Just wondering as I have Wi-fi printer that is not recognized by Airprint and was hoping to use it in the future.
- 11-28-2010, 10:08 AM #2
- 11-28-2010, 10:10 AM #3
A lot of questions for a noob. Anyways, AirPrint originally was going to be for all printers shared on a Mac. Something happened last minute to cause Apple to withdraw that support and leave it at e-print enabled devices. What happened? Who knows. Will AirPrint regain its intended functionality? One can only guess. However there are ways around it if you know where to look.
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- 11-28-2010, 10:59 AM #4iPhone Pro
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- 11-28-2010, 08:01 PM #5iPhone Nanite
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wifi printing on a mac from iphone/ipad
I have a Canon MP980 wireless printer. After setting up Airprint Hactivate, I have been able to access it from my iPhone and iPad applications.
I haven't posted enough to add the link to this message -- but if you google "Airprint Hactivate" you will find the free software from Netputing that makes this possible on a mac system. It took a few minutes to set up and works as advertised. You do NOT need to be jailbroken. The hactivate program has an undo function if you change your mind.
I have been able to use it from both an iPhone 3gs and an iPad via my mac airport home network.
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- 12-02-2010, 07:13 AM #6iPhone Nanite
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Setting up Airprint Hactivate
I have a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.6.5, a Canon MP980 wireless printer and an iPhone4. I have installed and used the AirprintHactivator as recommended - but I can still not print directly from my iPhone4 - it still says that no printer is found when I try to select a printer.
What am I missing?
- 12-02-2010, 02:06 PM #7
There are HP printers that will have an e-mail address and will print (pdf?) attachments. Gets around the driver problem.Thanks for ending the exclusivity, Steve. it is about time.