Today there’s news that HP had added support for the iOS AirPrint feature to eight of their Laserjet models. AirPrint is the feature added in the iOS 4.2 update that lets users print to wireless printers directly from the iPad and other iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or greater.
Here’s the list of printers that HP has added AirPrint support for: HP LaserJet P1102w Printer, HP LaserJet P1606dn Printer, HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer, HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1213nf MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1214nfh MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1216nfh MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP.
AirPrint should be a great feature, and it would be if it had been released as Apple originally touted it – offering near universal support for printing, including the ability to print to any shared printer on a local WiFi network. But by the time iOS 4.2 was released AirPrint had been badly hobbled. Sadly, even seven months after the 4.2 release, AirPrint is still a lame shell of what it was pitched as.
After seven months of AirPrint being an active feature, here’s a quick scoreboard check on it:
Total Printers supported: 27
Total Printer Manufacturers Supported: 1
27 printers and one manufacturer (HP). So much for universal support. Of course, there are some easy and effective (unofficial) ways to get AirPrint working with just about any printer.