HP debuts iPrint app for iPhones

iprintHP appears to be the first manufacturer to offer a printing application for Apple’s iPhone, announcing iPrint Photo today at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

The free application lets you print photos wirelessly to any local networked HP Photosmart printer from an iPhone or iPod Touch. It is limited to 4" by 6" prints, and will automatically choose the appropriate tray if your printer has a dedicated photo paper slot`.

iPrint’s interface is simple. It lets you browse all of the installed photos on your iPhone. Selecting one displays a Print button, which sends the image directly to the printer when pressed. There aren’t any extra options, other than a “chooser” for multiple printers. I downloaded the program from the iTunes App Store, and, upon launch it instantly found the Photosmart C7280 on my network, and printed borderless photos without any hiccups.

All-in-all, a pretty slick implementation/proof of concept. And, while iPrint Photo is limited—at least for now—to photos, you can use the iPhone’s built-in screen capture feature in a pinch if you want to print a map, email or other iPhone data.

By Rick LePage

Rick LePage was formerly the editor in chief of MacWEEK and Macworld magazines, was one of the cofounders of the MacInTouch newsletter. He has been covering digital printmaking and photography since its inception.

One reply on “HP debuts iPrint app for iPhones”

I’d swear that looks like Bellingham Bay in the iPrint screenshot… with the Fairhaven Shipyard and Lummi Island in the background! I live up the hill from there.

I like your suggestion to use iPrint for printing screen captures. I usually have a better camera with me, so my iPhone’s camera doesn’t get much use. The screen capture trick for printing other things from the iPhone is something that will be very handy!

Comments are closed.