AirPrint is the new feature in iOS 4.2 (released today) for iPad and iPhone that lets you print to certain wireless printers direct from your iDevices. Originally, AirPrint was also going to support printing to any shared printer on your local network, but that functionality was stripped out shortly before release of the iOS 4.2 software update for iPad and iPhone.
So AirPrint currently supports only to wireless printers, and to a very select group of wireless printers for now. For now the list is only seven printers, all from HP. Here’s the list as of today (11/22/10):
- HP Envy eAll-in-One series (D410a)
- HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
- HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)
- HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a)
- HP Photosmart e-AiO (D110)
- HP Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110)—Europe and Asia-Pacific
- HP Photosmart eStation (C510)
This list should grow in future as printer makers bring out more models with AirPrint or perhaps enable it on some existing printers via a driver update. So it’s worth checking on your existing wireless printers (via a visit to their web page or a call to the manufacturer) to see if they may support AirPrint at some point – and certainly worth asking about when considering a new wireless printer, if you’re going to want to use AirPrint.
For more detail on AirPrint, see this Apple support document: