Canon has announced that three of their PIXMA series of all-in-one inkjet printers now support AirPrint – which enables wireless printing to them from iPad and iOS devices. The three models that now have AirPrint support are the PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One inkjet photo printers.
The company has also said that from here on the majority of PIXMA inkjet printers will support AirPrint.
Apple’s AirPrint 101 page has not yet been updated to show these Canon printers.
It’s good to see a few more printers adding AirPrint support, but the overall list is still pathetically short and is made up of nearly all HP printers.
Luckily, there are easy ways to make AirPrint work with just about any printer – so there’s no need to wait for the official list to grow.
HP has updated six more of their printers to support AirPrint. AirPrint is meant to be one of the big new feature of the latest iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. It was originally advertised as offering universal printing from iOS devices, to wireless and shared printers. On release though, it is very disappointing and – until today – supported only a dozen HP printers (none from any other manufacturers) and no shared printers at all.
The six HP printers that have now added AirPrint support are:
Officejet 6500A e-AiO
Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO
Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO
Interestingly, Apple has not yet added these to their support document on AirPrint.
These models range from $129 upwards on Amazon. Even with these added, this is still less than 20 printers supported by AirPrint, and all from one manufacturer – a far stretch from universal. In the meantime, if you’re on a Mac there is a very nice little app that will allow you to use just about any shared printer with AirPrint, just as Apple originally pitched the new feature. See my article here for how to use this app to make AirPrint work with shared printers: http://ipadinsight.com/ipad-tips-tricks/how-to-make-airprint-work-with-just-about-any-printer/
News Via: 9to5Mac