Canon adds AirPrint support to more all-in-one printers
By Leah Yamshon
With iOS printing in high demand, more and more wireless printers are adding this function to their lineup of standard features. On Tuesday, Canon announced that two new Pixma printer models now have AirPrint compatibility: the MX512 and MX432 Wireless Office All-In-One inkjet printers. These aren’t the first Canon printers to feature AirPrint—Canon added AirPrint to three other Pixma all-in-one printers (the MG8220, MG6220, and MG5320) back in September 2011. According to Canon, AirPrint will be available with the majority of Pixma wireless printers launched from this point forward.
AirPrint allows wireless printing from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch without having to download any additional software or drivers—a convenient feature that saves time and space on your device’s drive. Brother, Epson, HP, and Lexmark also offer models with built-in AirPrint support. (Check out Apple’s full list of AirPrint-compatible printers to see if yours is included.) With AirPrint, users can print photos and documents directly from any app on their iOS device that supports printing.
If you don’t own an AirPrint-compatible printer, there are other options for printing from your iOS device. Third-party hardware and software, like the Lantronix xPrintServer and Ecamm Network’s Printopia, add AirPrint features to almost any printer.
Canon’s MX512 will cost an estimated $150 and the MX432 will have an estimated price of $100; the company, however, has not announced a specific release date. AirPrint is available on any iPad, iPhone (3GS or later), and iPod touch (3rd generation or later) running iOS 4.2 or later.
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