We’ve heard a lot about Apple bringing printing capabilities to the iPad. When AirPrint was launched as part of iOS 4.2 there were lots of expectations for what Steve Jobs calls “driverless printing”. However, we know that AirPrint has been limited thus far to certain HP printers.
Wouldn’t it be nice, that one day there will be an AirPrint-enabled printer ready to support your iPad wherever you go? For now, HP is the only company that keeps adding compatible printers to the official list.
The AirPrint feature was designed to make life easier for you. It allows you to print your documents from your iOS device 100% in wireless mode. But, there have been some frustrations with AirPrint due to the limited number of printers supported at this time. In addition, shared printing capabilities were also impacted when iOS 4.2 was released, and only a handful of select HP printers became fully compatible with AirPrint.
Even though the list of compatible printers may not be ideal for everyone, HP continues to add to its list. The company has updated six more models via software upgrades to increase their AirPrint-compatible printers list to 18.
The new supported models are part of HP’s “all-in-one” models. The list includes the Officejet 7500A Wide Format, Officejet 6500A/6500A Plus, as well as the Officejet Pro series (8500A, 8500A Plus, and 8500A Premium).
We have to assume that Apple will increase the list of supported printers in the coming year. Apple will continue to fine-tune their AirPrint specifications and will make sure the feature is fully stable for other companies to join the list of AirPrint-compatible printers.