Contrary to popular belief, Printers are not extinct just yet. Business, Colleges, Schools, Professionals, etc… almost everyone has or will use a Printer at some point in their life. And despite the fact that now we have Tablets and Smartphones that allow us to bypass a Printer to some degree, they can never fully replace an actually physical copy of a document printed straight out of a Printer. The reason I use the word “NEVER” is because we need to keep one thing in mind: All these Email, Messages, and Digital Signatures are not REAL .i.e. Tangible. They are just 1s and 0s (Binary) saved on a hard drive or server somewhere in an underground data center, that to be honest, can go dark at any given point of time, thus resulting in a complete loss of data. It happens.
In a world without electricity and electrical energy, Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops, etc… are nothing but BRICKS. They’re worthless. In the end, what prevails is Tangible Evidence of Ownership. It has worked for thousands of years, and it WILL work for thousands of years; which brings us to the topic of this blog post:
How to print directly from your iPad so that you too can have a tangible (physical) evidence that, in the absence of Armageddon or Natural Disasters, if stored in a safe place with multiple backup copies, can last for eternity. Yes, a simple piece of paper can last for a really long time; at least longer than a digital piece of data, that can be erased permanently with a simple click.
So, without further ado, here are the steps to print directly from your iPad:
AirPrint Enabled Printer
AirPrint is an Apple technology that lets you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built in to many printer models from most popular printer manufacturers. Just select an AirPrint printer on your local network and print from your favorite iOS or OS X app.
- Latest version of iOS.
- Any one of the following iOS devices:
iPad (all models)
iPhone (3GS or later)
iPod touch (3rd generation or later)
How To Print in iOS:
You can print from the Apple applications, such as Mail, Safari, Photos, Camera, Maps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Filemaker Go, and so on. Apps available from the App Store may also offer this feature.
To print, follow these steps:
- Tap on the sharing icon/symbol (Square Box With UP Arrow) which is at the bottom of your screen.
- Tap the printer icon/symbol.
- Choose your printer, the number of copies you want, and then tap Print.
- If you are printing for the first time, ensure that you are within range of your printer. All AirPrint-enabled printers within range will be displayed.
- You AirPrint-enabled printer should be on the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS devices.
For a more comprehensive list of AirPrint-enabled printer models, please visit – support.apple.com
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.