AirPrint is an Apple technology that comes preconfigured on the iMac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for easy file printing. Its purpose is to take any software or driver out of the equation for routing the document to the printer. It is compatible with over 3,000 different machine models from the leading brands available in the market. To use the service, the device must be connected to the same network as the printer, or it needs to be connected directly through a USB cable.
When the news was released, users of Apple products who did not have the updated operating system had to install an application to “free” the function. Today, using the latest OS versions, the print option appears natively and in a very natural way, so much so that “AirPrint” refers only to the name of the technology used to make wireless printing possible without installing other drivers and not to a service that the client needs to manually install.
We have also tested the product using iPad and iPod touch and an HP DeskJet 3630 series printer [E1DC5D] printing typically occurred by opening a PDF document in iBooks. The problem happened when we tried to print some file directly from Safari on mobile devices, which do not have the print option, but this is more of a browser issue rather than the drawback of AirPrint itself.
When we tried to print a file in the Google Drive app, the application showed us two options: Google Cloud Print and AirPrint, showing that it depends on each app having support for the service that already comes as a default option of the system.
While promising professional finishing options, on mobile devices it is only possible to set up basic things such as the number of copies that will be printed, the machine to be used, and a preview of how the material will look when printed.
On the iMac, the function also worked satisfactorily, but it took a little more time to locate the printer. On the desktop, there are more options for setting up the print, such as page rotation, paper size, and printing by reducing content according to a chosen percentage.
Integration with the printers is well done, so that even some alerts, such as that the machine is out of paper, can be viewed on Apple devices. For those who have become accustomed to installing a series of drivers to handle a printer, this is good news that shows how effective the software is.
Printer brands that support AirPrint:
- Fuji Xerox
- Konica Minolta
- Oki Data
- TA Triumph-Adler / UTAX
- Good integration with operating systems
- Speed for printing
- Finds printers connected to the network quickly
- No need to install drivers to print to Apple devices
- Support for over 3,000 different printer types
- You do not have advanced printing options on mobile devices
Now that you are aware of the functioning and capabilities of AirPrint, will you be using it? We will recommend AirPrint who wants to expedite the process of printing in the simplest of the ways.
In case of any confusion or clarification, contact iPad Printer Setup.