AirPrint has 12 Compatible Printers (All from HP)


Interesting timing. DLNA put out a press release this past Tuesday that customers now have 40 DLNA certified printer models to choose from in 2010. Then, the following day, Business Insider posted that iOS 4.2’s new AirPrint function has exactly 12 compatible printers (7 work out of the box) — all from HP. Seems like if Apple played ball with the rest of the industry and adopted DLNA into their Air offerings (like Microsoft has done with Play To in Windows) iOS 4.2 would also be compatible with the same 40 printers and the hundreds of DLNA compatible media streamers and photo frames. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Apple product owners from now on will all be looking for AirPlay and AirPrint compatible products while the rest of the world will look for DLNA certified products to use with their PC and mobile devices. Yay, what fun.




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3 Reactions to “AirPrint has 12 Compatible Printers (All from HP)”


  1. CharlesD says:

    I’m having a hard time understanding how Apple is trying to position themselves with AirPlay and AirPrint. All the functionality offered with these protocols is already available in DLNA. AirPlay and AirPrint are added as proprietary protocols on top of the DLNA stack, but to what end? The DLNA stack is included in the new Windows Phone 7, so a new Windows smartphone implementing the PlayTo feature can play its audio content to any DLNA renderer it finds on the local subnet.

  2. CharlesD says:

    I’m having a hard time understanding how Apple is trying to position themselves with AirPlay and AirPrint. All the functionality offered with these protocols is already available in DLNA. AirPlay and AirPrint are added as proprietary protocols on top of the DLNA stack, but to what end? The DLNA stack is included in the new Windows Phone 7, so a new Windows smartphone implementing the PlayTo feature can play its audio content to any DLNA renderer it finds on the local subnet.

    • I actually caught the new Windows Phone commercial last night showing Play To functionality. On a related note, I just stumbled on a demo video of Play To streaming photo, music, and video to a DLNA device from an LG Optimus 7 (will post later). The Play To app looks simple to operate.