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    facilitates the wireless printing of documents from the iPhone 4 and
    3GS, 3G and 4G iPod touch, and the iPad, to compatible printers (right
    now, five HP ePrint models).

    AirPrint originally meant more than
    that. The announcement of AirPrint–by Steve Jobs at Apple’s September 1
    media event–also touted a networking function that, in conjunction
    with the Mac OS 10.6.5 update, would allow Apple’s mobile devices to
    print to any networked printer regardless of brand. This cross-platform,
    vendor agnostic, Wi-Fi networking feature that would automatically find
    printers on a local network and, without installing software, let you
    print from them, is the part that got delayed at the last minute,
    leaving users with HP as the sole printing option.

    Despite public
    circumspection on the issue, vendors are keeping a close eye on how
    Apple handles this hotly anticipated feature, and are advancing their
    own strategies to serve users with iOS devices irregardless of AirPrint.

    Macworld spot check of printer vendors reveals that they acknowledge
    the importance of AirPrint and have staked out roughly three,
    non-mutually exclusive positions: Watch and keep all options on the
    table; offer proprietary solutions that match, complement, or exceed
    AirPrint’s capabilities; and consider AirPrint functionality for the

    Lexmark’s approach is a good example of the first
    strategy. According to Kathy Edwards, Lexmark’s corporate communications
    manager, “Currently, we do not have any products that operate with
    AirPrint. Lexmark’s product development team continues to evaluate Apple
    products and solutions, but I’m unable to comment on future
    compatibility.” The folks at Konica Minolta take a similar stance
    saying, “Our R&D team is investigating Apple AirPrint and are
    evaluating its potential. We have not developed a specific plan to make
    our printers and MFPs compatible with Apple AirPrint to date.”

    says its “working on” an agreement, but that nothing is set in stone
    yet. Similarly, Dell has stated that while it currently has no models or
    a set timetable for AirPrint support, it’s something the company is
    “working towards.”

    Epson’s response represents the second
    position. With the introduction of Thinxtream Technologies’ printing
    app, PrintJinni for Epson, which allows Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and
    iPad users to print certain Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, PDF, and
    JPEG files from an IMAP e-mail account to any Wi-Fi-enabled Epson
    all-in-one, it covers some ground that the current AirPrint does not.

    view is that, “With this all-inclusive productivity app, users can
    download, display, preview, and print e-mail attachments that maintain
    accurate formatting, which makes it unique compared to other mobile
    printing solutions. Epson is currently working closely with Apple to
    ensure PrintJinni provides complementary features to what will be
    offered by the iOS 4.2 update.”

    Kodak’s take on AirPrint is
    similar. The company now offers the Kodak Pic Flick App that provides
    photo printing from iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad to a wireless Kodak
    All-in-one printer. And it is also considering the AirPrint feature for
    the future, a company spokesman said.

    Xerox says is “committed to
    making it easy for Apple mobile device users to print on Xerox
    equipment.” The company has gone so far as to test such devices on its
    printers and hints at positive results. “We have performed preliminary
    testing on a sampling of Xerox printers and MFPs with positive results.
    Although we can’t guarantee trouble-free performance out-of-the-box with
    our products until more exhaustive testing has been completed, we
    expect many users will be able to have a compatible experience,” said
    Robin Wessel, a Xerox marketing director. “We are performing more robust
    tests of Apple’s AirPrint solution with Xerox equipment and intend to
    support future Apple iOS, although timing has not been determined at
    this point.”

    While trends increasingly point to more conservative
    printing practices, because of better archive and search functionality
    in the digital format and heightened concern for the planet and its
    trees, there will always be a time when you’ll need a hard copy of
    something. And when you do, it’s not going to matter where that document
    lives. While Steve Jobs responded to an email inquiry recently by
    assuring that AirPrint had not been abandoned, it’s unclear whether or
    when the promised networking feature will be restored.


    Bolle unveils “world’s first” iPhone printer
    you’re gonna announce to the world that you’ve developed the “world’s
    first” iPhone printer – it’s probably best not to do it on exactly the
    same day that Apple goes live with iOS 4.2, and the AirPrint
    function.But that is what Bolle has done with its device – the Bolle
    Photo.Oh well. Poor timing aside, this is quite a nifty looking little
    device that docks your iPhone, charges it, and gives you a few printing
    options for its 6 x 4-inch (A6) output.

    Using the accompanying
    free app, you can choose single pics to print off, or you can select
    multiple images – and there’s even a passport photo printing
    option.That’s about it really, but at £119.99, you might find it
    useful.The Bolle BP-10 Photo printer is available now at MobileFun.