Late last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly responded to a customer email regarding the dearth of printer support for the company’s new AirPrint wireless printing functionality for iOS devices, noting that there was “lots more coming soon” for the feature.
As HP notes on its AirPrint site, the first expansion of AirPrint functionality since the feature’s launch occurred yesterday with the release of firmware updates for six existing HP printers that will allow those printers to support AirPrint.
– Officejet 6500A e-AiO5
– Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO5
– Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO5
– Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO5
In developer beta versions of iOS 4.2, AirPrint had initially offered support for printing to printers shared via Macs or PCs, but Apple pulled that aspect of the functionality before the public launch, leaving only a small number of HP printers officially supporting the feature via direct printing for the time being.
Once again Apple has released updates for Snow Leopard drivers for HP and Epson printers as well as scanners. The Epson drivers have been updated to version 2.4 and are listed on Apple’s download page as being 740 MB large, included in the update is an improved compatibility between Mac OS X 10.6 or later and dozens of scanners and printers.
Apple also released updates for Hewlett-Packard, in this case the drivers have been updated to 2.4.1, it is much smaller than the Epson file , it is only 388MB, although this number will vary depending on which hardware you own, when I installed the drivers it was only 52 MB large. As with the Epson file the HP Printer Drivers 2.4.1 also require OS X 10.6.1 or higher to be installed in order to function and provides support for both printers and scanners.
Both updates can be installed through Software Update, or if you prefer then you can download them directly from Apple’s Website for Support Downloads.