Most Companies Are Ignoring The iPad Printing Problem

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Despite AirPrint, many workplaces still don't support iPad/iOS printing
Despite AirPrint, many workplaces still don't support iPad/iOS printing

Apple introduced the iOS printing a year and a half ago in the form of the iOS feature AirPrint. Although the feature has been available for some time, only a handful of printers ship with AirPrint support. There are, of course, a couple of ways around that limited selection like the Lantronix xPrintServer, the OS X Printopia utility, and FingerPrint for both OS X and Windows.

Those are great options for home use, but what about business users? The iPad is the best selling business tablet by a huge margin and that should translate into at least some workplace printing – or should it?

How To Print From Your iPhone or iPad From Pretty Much Anywhere

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PrinterOn's iPhone app offers mobile printing to 10,000+ public printers
PrinterOn's iPhone app offers mobile printing to 10,000+ public printers

The AirPrint feature in iOS let’s you print from your iPhone or iPad to your home printer – directly if you have one of the handful of AirPrint-capable printers on the market or using a print server device or utility on your Mac like Printopia or FingerPrint.

AirPrint addresses the basic need to print, but it isn’t really a mobile solution. What if you’re on a business trip or vacation and need to print? What if you’re headed to a meeting and forgot to print out brochures ahead of time?