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Apple files slew of patents related to AirPlay, AirPrint

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010

Tech wirelessly sends data to accessories

Apple has prepared a lengthy list of patent applications related to its AirPlay and AirPrint wireless standards. The filings, which include 11 separate applications, include descriptions of features that will allow any iOS device to send data to third-party accessories.

Most of the patent information involves technology that has already been announced for iTunes and iOS devices. AirPlay will allow iTunes to send music, song details, artists information, and album art, to supported hardware, such as A/V receivers, from third-party manufacturers. AirPrint is the printing counterpart, which also works over wireless networks.

Aside from the confirmed features, the applications include several references to capabilities that have yet to be officially introduced. Potential expansion could allow iOS devices to communicate with home appliances, exercise equipment, security systems, home automation and automobiles, among other products.

A number of companies have quickly embraced the new technology, with AirPlay-enabled devices on the way from BridgeCo, iHome, Denon and JBL. Apple also announced that AirPrint is set to support HP's ePrint lineup, which includes the e-All-in-One. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. mrdnd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AirPrint WTF!?

    Why the h*** aren't they using standard IP based printing!? I want either LPD or JetDirect. I want to be able to print my documents to the corporate HP LaserJet. I don't want some wonky PoS print dongle I need to buy. Why is Apple regressing back to the dark ages of AppleLaser or AppleJet? My iPad and my Laser Printer are already both on the network, just use standard protocols EVERYONE already knows.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: AirPrint

    Why not standard printing? Because that wouldn't be 'easy' enough for the user. Apple needs to make this super easy. Just buy the correct printer, add in dongle, print. Simple!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good thing that Apple has patents on these technologies, otherwise they would be sure not to use them and declare that an open standard is the way it should be done. But now Apple doesn't have to deal with all those other competitors and things.

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