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Printing Issue with Apple iPad

October 15th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


One of the major drawbacks of Apple iPad is its inability to print any document on a generic printer. Even when the use of printer is declining (especially if you are environment conscious), once in a while there is no alternative to a printed document – it has its own utility.

Unfortunately, iPad does not support printing in general. As pointed out in detail in the pcmag article ,

– “iPad printing apps claim to do a lot, but in our testing, many of them simply didn’t work.”

Apple admits that you can not hook a computer directly to the iPad and, yes, you can not print the document directly. According to Apple, you need to synchronize your document to the Apple Mac computer or a MAC laptop and then you can print it from there. If you have a Windows machine, you may be able to “email the document” from the iPad to your windows machine, which, in general has a universal driver support and you should be able to print from your Windows laptop or notebook. But then, this is Windows printing and not iPad printing.

There are however, some iPhone/ iPad applications, that you can use to print. These too are not free from issues. These apps mostly work on the printers that have wifi. Basically, it will beam the content on the printer using the wifi on the iPad. In theory this should work on wifi enabled printers. Note that it still does not solve the issue of a large number of printers that come with USB connectivity ( and no wifi support). It would have been great, if Apple could provide a way to hook the iPad to a printer using USB ( along with driver support).

There is yet another set of Apps that does not print directly from the wifi but via an Apple MAC. Cannon, HP and Lexmark have their own Apps for their Wifi Printers that should work. If you do plan to print from your Apple iPad, make sure you take a printer that is wifi enabled and the that does come with an App that will help you print from your iPad.

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