Today, everything revolves around mobility. Laptops are now crazy thin. Smartphones, basically computers shrunk to fit in the palm of your hand, are more ubiquitous than ever. And today, more than ever, wires have been dreaded like disease.
In the printer business, wireless printing have been quite the norm for a few years now. Except for the most basic models, any home or office printers like the Konica multifunction printers have network capability enabled. Most manufacturers now enable their printers to wirelessly print from almost any device, provided that they share the same WiFi connection.
Of course, not to be outdone, Apple has pioneered its proprietary AirPrint technology since 2010. In a nutshell, AirPrint is a feature of Cupertino’s operating systems starting with OS X Lion and iOS 4.2.1 that allows printing directly to AirPrint-compatible printers or to non-compatible ones via wireless LAN. Similar to other standards, the feature requires a WiFi access point and does not support direct connection between the device and the printer.
AirPrint supports printing for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and even the iPod Touch without the need to install any additional software on the device. Support for the technology is built into a number of popular printer models, and to make use of it is fairly easy.
To print on any of your iOS devices:
- Open the app you want to print from. Look for the print option by tapping the app’s share icon or settings icon. If you can’t find the said option, check the app’s user guide, or maybe the app does not support AirPrint.
- Tap the printer icon to print.
- Choose the AirPrint-enabled printer from the list.
- Choose the number of copies.
- Tap print.
Likewise, to print in your Mac:
- Open the item you want to print, choose the print option.
- Choose the AirPrint-enabled printer from the list of printers.
- If you wish, you may optionally change the settings shown, like the number of copies to print, color details, etc. just like you would on an ordinary non-AirPrint printer.
- Click print.
If you are in the market for an AirPrint-capable printer but have no idea which one is best for your needs, the folks at PCMag made a list of the “10 Best AirPrint Printers” that’s worth checking.