One of the highly touted features in iOS 4.2 is the ability to print from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Unfortunately, the list of supported printers is meak and most people aren’t interested in purchasing a new printer for the purpose of using AirPrint. For Mac users, you can enable AirPrint to work with any printer that is connected to your computer via USB or your home network.
Set-up is a breeze. The program will install as a System Preference but it does not modify your operating system in any way. Immediately I noticed my printer which is connected to my Mac via USB.
On my iPhone, I selected Print from Safari and selected my Brother HL-5370DW (which if you listened to our podcast, I thought was an HP printer). Going forward, the Brother printer was already pre-selected. My document printed no differently than if I would have printed from my desktop.
Printopia offers a free 7-day trial which allows suffucient time to test functionality of AirPrint with your printer. It costs $9.95 thereafter and that includes free upgrades. Much less than a new printer and you’ll be able to start printing today using AirPrint.