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Jobs: AirPrint a 'giant leap to driverless printing'

updated 12:30 pm EST, Tue November 23, 2010

Promises better printer support 'soon'

AirPrint should gain much broader device support in the near future, according to Apple's Steve Jobs. The CEO recently responded via e-mail to a complaint about the number of printers AirPrint is currently compatible with, limited to just 11 HP models. "Lots more coming soon," Jobs' e-mail opens.

"It's what it takes to make a giant leap to driverless printing, which is huge," the message concludes. On Mac and Windows systems, printer support typically requires specific driver packages, which can sometimes measure in hundreds of megabytes. Apple has said little about how AirPrint operates underneath its surface architecture.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Chris

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    At the moment I'd say it's more a "giant leap to printer-less printing" given the miniscule number of printers that are supported.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It isn't 'driver-less'. There's some driver involved. Currently you install it on your computer. Or, perhaps, you connect to a computer to use it's printer, and just use the driver from there. Or, perhaps, the driver is built into the printer itself. Maybe this is where Apple is going, trying to push the printer manufactuers to embed their drivers.

    But it isn't driver-less.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IP printing.

    No drivers needed, just some packets of what you want printed.

    - A

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