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In iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 4 Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 4.0): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.
With the release of iOS 4.2 Apple introduced AirPrint, a feature that lets you wirelessly print from your IOS device like your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to any AirPrint enabled printer. Now as I sit here and record this the number of AirPrint enabled printers is pretty small. It's really only a handful of HP printers, which you can see by going to apple.com/iPhone/features/AirPrint. But in time, I'm certain more and more AirPrint enabled devices will start showing up, maybe even by the time you're watching this movie. And the really great thing is that there's no special setup required.
Just follow the instructions that come with your AirPrint printer for connecting it to your home or office's wireless network and as long as your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is on the same network and running iOS 4.2 or later printing to your device is super easy. For the most part if it's a document you can view on your device, you'll probably be able to print it. AirPrint works with apps such as your Safari browser, Mail, Photos and any third party apps in which the developer has included printing capabilities. Depending on which application you're printing from, the button you use to print might vary. For example, if I want to print an email, I would tap the same button I used to reply to or forward emails to get the Print button.
If I want to print a photo from my photo library I tap the Share button to get the Print button. And third-party apps might have other ways to print. Just hunt around a little and you'll most likely find it. So for example I have this webpage open in Safari and I just want to print out a copy. I just tap the Share button at the bottom of screen and one of the options I have here is Print. That takes me to Printer Options. I'll tap Select Printer. My iPhone will take a moment to search my network for AirPrint printers, and in this case it's found my HP D119 series printer.
If you have more than one printer available, just select the one you want to print to. I only have the one, so I'll tap it. That takes me back to the Printer Options page where the Print button is now available. Now, there really aren't that many other options to speak of here. Basically, I can just choose how many copies I want to print. Just tap the plus button to add more copies. I'm going to set that back to one. Depending on which printer you're using though you may see some additional options like the range of pages you want to print, whether you want to print double-sided sheets, and so on. In this case, I just tap Print and my iPhone starts wirelessly printing my webpage.
And in just a minute I'll be able to pull my printout out of my printer. So that's the AirPrint feature, which again is part of iOS 4.2, so make sure you've updated if you want to use this feature and remember it works with just about any app that has a print function built-in.
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