iPad Compatible Printers : Wireless Apple Tablet Printing

Wireless AirPrint Printers
For iPad - iPhone - iPod

iPad Compatible Wireless Printers

For iPad people on the go or around the house - especially business users - the ability to print from Apple's tablet may be needed. It wasn't until upgrades to the iOS operating system after version 4 that direct iPhone and iPad printing wirelessly was made officially possible via Apple's AirPrint technology. As with Apple's Bonjour printing protocol, AirPrint's auto-discovery simply announces a printer's availability and presence on the network to your iOS device. Additional improvements to iOS's AirPrint code, and widespread inclusion of direct AirPrint support by all the major printer manufacturers benefit iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2 owners - along with the iPhone and iPod Touch as well.

Epson AirPrint Compatible Printers

Well over a dozen current models of Epson inkjet printers are AirPrint compatible. For Mac and iPad iOS printing here's three recommended models:
High-End Workforce WP-4640 Mid-Range Artisan 730 Low-Cost Epson Stylus
AirPrint Office Printer

500 Sheet Hi Capacity
AirPrint Photo Inkjet

Touchscreen - Duplex Printing
Affordable iPad Printing

Low-Cost AirPrint Compatible

- Artisan 730 - Artisan 837 - Epson Stylus NX430 - WorkForce Pro WP-4530 - WorkForce Pro WP-4540 - WorkForce 545

Canon AirPrint Compatible Printers

Canon USA has announced AirPrint support for a select few of Canon's newer PIXMA All-In-One printer models. A firmware update can add AirPrint compatibility for those who've recently purchased one of the models linked below. Canon also indicated AirPrint support will be in the majority of their new printers coming in the future. These models also offer Mac Bluetooth printing with optional module.

High-End MG8220 Mid-Range MG6220 Low-End MG5220
Hi-Speed AirPrint Printing

Touch-Screen Controls + Ethernet
6-Inks WiFi + USB

Duplex Printing + AirPrint Support
Affordable AirPrint AIO

Duplexing + 5 Inks

HP Printers For iPad

HP - Hewlett-Packard jumped onboard first with support for Apple's AirPrint wireless printing. More recent inkjet and laser models offer direct support of wireless AirPrint printing from iPad, iPhone and recent iPod Touch models. As new models are introduced - and with select older models that are firmware upgradable - more HP printers than ever now directly support AirPrint wireless printing.

Best Printers For iPad Wireless Printing

AirPrint Enabled Printers From Hewlett-Packard

HP Envy 114 e-All-in-One D410a ePrinter

HP Photosmart C410a Premium Fax Wireless e-All-in-One

HP Photosmart D110A Wireless All-in-One Printer For iPad

LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer

HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)

HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)

HP Photosmart eStation (C510)

HP Photosmart C410a All-In-One w/Fax

HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AIO

HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer

HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer

HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer

HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer

HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO

HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO

HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO

AirPrint Compatibility Added To Even More HP Printer Models

Downloading and installing a new firmware update from Hewlett-Packard will allow the the following printer models to gain full support for AirPrint functions:

Nice to see HP recently gave the compact and highly affordable LaserJet P1102w Black & White laser printer an update adding AirPrint support:

Low-Cost Mac & iPad Laser

Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB

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

Direct wireless printing from an iPad, iPhone, or recent iPod Touch is a rather new development, not all IOS Apps know how to print - or need to. HP provides a list of _some_ AirPrint capable apps for iOS5 you may want to check out.

Other Manufacturers Supporting AirPrint

Broader iPad compatible printing support from major printer manufacturers is well underway. When AirPrint printing was first introduced it seems Apple and Hewlett-Packard may had worked out an exclusive arrangement for AirPrint supported devices. Especially with the insane sucess of the iPhone and Apple iPad tablets we're seeing high demand for - and broad adoption of AirPrint printing support across an increasing number of manufacturers and models as AirPrint wireless printer support becomes widely adopted. It's become a 'Must-Have' checklist item in most wireless printers these days across all price ranges.

Brother Printer AirPrint Support

Brother offers several MultiFunction AOI-MFP inkjet models with direct, built in iPad printing. The MFC-J5910DW, MFC-J835DW, MFC-J825DW, MFC-J625DW, MFC-J435W, MFC-J430W, MFC-J425W, and MFC-J280W currently have AirPrint support. At this time none of their laser printers offer this.

iOS AirPrint Printing For Canon Printers

If you want to print photos from your iPad to a Canon wireless printer, a Canon application called Easy Photo-Print for iPhone is available. Unfortuantely, the app will only print photos, not text dcuments or web pages - its strictly for pictures.

iPad Printing On Epson Printers

If you use most models of an Epson printer, you can print from your iPad using the Epson iPrint application. Initially released for the iPod, iPrint can now be used with an iPad over a WiFi connection. Epson users can download iPrint at no cost from the Apple App Store.

Lexmark Wireless Printer iPad Solutions

Lexmark printer users can use a iPad print app named "Air Sharing HD". The app costs $10 and is just Mac OSX. Air Sharing HD does not access files straight from your iPad. Rather, the app communicates with an email account to print your documents. You can email an iPad document to yourself and then open it in Air Sharing HD to print. Lexmark users can also purchase a $3 direct printing app called ePrint. Again, this one is for Mac users only.

Additional AirPrint Supported Programs

eCamm's Printopia App
eCamm has a neat solution for any functional Mac printer setup: If your Mac can print to it, Printopia will share it whether your printer is directrly connected or plugged into your AirPort or Time Capsule. Printopia acts as a 'Bridge' and translates for your printer, allowing it to serve print requests from your iPhone or iPad even -- if it's not an AirPrint-compatible printer. Printopia even supports many password-protected printers. There are also iPad printing applications is PrintCentral, by EuroSmartz or Print Magic by Wellala for $7 USD. This app will print from any printer, including a PC over a wireless connection. PrintCentral costs USD $10 dollars at the App Store and allows you to print web pages, text, graphics, images, and contacts.

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