iPhone and iPad to get wireless printing

Available as part of Apple's iOS developer program today, AirPrint wireless printing will be with us all from November as part of the iOS 4.2 upgrade.

Initially thought to be restricted just to the iPad, the technology will also be available to iPhone and iPod touch users for free. Good news!

So what does it do? Well, according to TechRadar, AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks, so you can print text, photos and graphics via them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP's existing 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 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.'

The early version for the iPad only actually printed out photos on test, so hopefully that will be sorted before launch. If so, it's got to be a winner for Apple device owners.

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