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DennisCo Level 1 (25 points)
am i to understand that i CANNOT print from my iphone or my iPad to an Epson printer? I see references to HP printers. Great. Except all of my printers are Epson.

Tell me i'm wrong. this would really bite. surely apple knows that HP isn't the only printer company.


iMac I7 (27"), Macbook Pro, MacMini, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Complain to Epson - they write the drivers for their printers, and Apple bundles then into the OS.
  • DennisCo Level 1 (25 points)
    no, i'm complaining to Apple - it's their feature and they should work with the major printer vendors to see that this is supported. Yeah, Epson has to do the work, but Apple should push the issue.

    i work for a big software company. i'm well aware of the intricacies of 3rd party products. No excuse, though. Right or wrong, Apple will get criticized for this. Seems to me that they'd want to be more proactive to avoid that.

    I'm not gonna go buy an HP printer so i can print from my iphone and/or ipad.
  • paliometoxo Level 1 (0 points)
    i have an epson printer as well i bought from apple store on a deal with wifi printing but its only HP printers atm you can print from? i wont be going to buy a hp any time soon either but i am sure apple will eventually add support for more printers other then HP in firmware upgrades.
  • HP Mac Architect Level 3 (530 points)
    Just going to chime in here to clarify one point. AirPrint is an Apple standard. Printer vendors must add AirPrint to their printers to support direct printing via AirPrint. Apple does not update the firmware for HP or any other vendor, thats up to the individual vendor.

    Just trying to clarify.

  • paliometoxo Level 1 (0 points)
    Epson Technology Supports Printing Applications for iPhone and Android Phones

    Open-source library allows for simple development of universal driver for Epson printers

    – TOKYO, Japan January 21, 2010 –
    Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE: 6724) today announced global support for its open-source development kit, the ESC/P-R library, which assists product designers wishing to develop printing applications for electronic devices. With the kit, developers only need to create one driver in order to connect and communicate with any Epson inkjet printer that supports ESC/P-R.
    ESC/P-R is a common language for selected Epson inkjet printers worldwide that supports every media type, paper size and associated printing mode available on those products. ESC/P-R allows many kinds of devices to connect and communicate with Epson printers, expanding possibilities for use with medical equipment, measuring equipment, electronic whiteboards, and at home with home electronics and game machines. It is especially suited for consumer electronics devices and embedded equipment.
    The ESC/P-R development kit has already been utilized to develop printing applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and for phones using the Android operating system, enabling people with these devices to enjoy the outstanding image quality that Epson printers are known for. "ePrint" by Microtech Corp. and Epson's own "Epson iPrint" can be found in Apple's App Store, while CyCom Technology Corp.'s "CyPria" application is available for download from the Android Market. All of Epson's Wi-Fi capable all-in-one printers launched this year will support these applications.
    The ESC/P-R language is designed to be easy to develop and maintain, as it removes the necessity to create and update separate drivers for each printer. It enables speedy printing of high quality images even from devices with a slow CPU, and does not require dedicated image processing memory. Development support will be provided by Epson Imaging Technology Center in San Jose and Seattle.
    For further information on Epson's universal printing and supported printers, please visit this site:
    Details about the ESC/P-R library can be found at this site:
    For application development enquiries, please use the form on the following site:
    About Epson
    Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.
    Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises over 70,000 employees in 106 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
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  • chicken farmer Level 1 (5 points)
    Frustrating here too. I have a wireless Cannon printer IP90. Why won't it work with the iphone too.
    Apple has a printer for $259 that will work!!!!
  • tonefox Level 6 (9,055 points)
    Have a Google for "Printopia".
  • chicken farmer Level 1 (5 points)
    Wow! That works!!!
  • paliometoxo Level 1 (0 points)
    it works but it is not free. i wont pay for something apple will likely have added free soon ish
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 (33,995 points)
    If you have Snow Leopard the driver for Airprint is already installed, it just isn't activated. There are instructions on the web for turning it on. Google is your friend. It was originally intended by Apple to be supported, but at the last minute the feature was pulled; Apple isn't talking about it, but industry press says it may have been a patent issue or a technical problem that they didn't want to hold up the release to fix.
  • tonefox Level 6 (9,055 points)
    I reckon if it costs less than a lunch and it solves a problem, no matter how temporary it is, I'm not going to get up on some principle in order not to buy it....
  • paliometoxo Level 1 (0 points)
    if it was something i was going to use a lot i would agree 100% with you and just buy it.. 10 bucks is nothing.. but printing even if i could print from my epson i doubt i would use it much, i rarely print from my macbook pro also.. so no big deal but would be handy to have
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 (2,910 points)
    DennisCo wrote:
    no, i'm complaining to Apple - it's their feature and they should work with the major printer vendors to see that this is supported. Yeah, Epson has to do the work, but Apple should push the issue.

    They can push all they want but its up to Epson to do it and they have not. Should Apple wait until every printer manufacturer in the world gets around to doing it ? If Epson were bothered they would have done it.

    The ability to print is provided by Apple - the bit that is missing is Epsons problem. To suggest that its is somehow Apples fault that Epson have not done any work is a bizzarre view of the world IMO.
  • DennisCo Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks to all of you for your replies. The short story is that Apple does not (yet) support Epson printers with Airprint. Doing so requires that the printer vendor do some work.

    I'm not going to debate whether my view is bizarre or not, GO, only that for many "typical" users, I content that they don't give a hoot who's responsibility it is, only that it work. sure, i understand it's a driver issue and the Epson has the work to do, but most folks who hear "you can print w/your iPad or iPhone" aren't going to look any further than seeing that it doesn't work w/their Epson printer. Who's fault is it? doesn't really matter. What matters is that Joe User heard it was a feature and can't get it to work, and i contend that they will blame Apple, not Epson .

    That said, it doesn't matter. It doesn't work today; maybe it will someday. I understand that their is a 3rd party product that I can buy for $10 to get this to work. Frankly, it's not that big of a deal to me so i'm not inclined to spend the money. all i was trying to do was to get a feature to work that I thought was supposed to work.

    Again, thanks. Have a good weekend.
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