Understanding Apple AirPrint and your MFP

Jul 16, 2018 8:37:00 AM by Valley Office Systems

Printing is made easy with AirPrint support


AirPrint is Apple technology that enables printing from iOS or OS X devices without installing any applications or drivers.

With AirPrint, you can take advantage of driverless printing from iOS and OS X products to printers on the same network. This capability enables mobile workers to quickly print hardcopy documents – helping improve productivity, both inside your organization and on-the-go. It also boosts productivity by eliminating the need for you to e-mail files and attachments to someone connected to the network for printing. In addition, mobile printing with AirPrint helps reduce IT’s burden of managing application downloads and print drivers, and enables you to better manage jobs in your print queues. 

AirPrint works seamlessly with many Apple apps, including Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork and PDFs in iBooks. In addition to Apple apps, many third party apps also support AirPrint technology.



Benefits for users

  • Convenience of immediate access to a printer
  • Quick Wi-Fi connection between mobile device and printer
  • Print and share documents on demand
  • No need to install any app on the Apple mobile device in order to print


Benefits for IT and Support

  • No software to download, drivers to install or cables to connect
  • Low maintenance and speed of installation
  • Happy end users who can print from Apple devices

How it works

Once the Wi-Fi connection has been established, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users simply select the AirPrint-enabled printer, or Multifunction Printer (MFP), from the iOS Printer Options. AirPrint also enables Mac users – with OS X10.7 or later – to print to the device without the need to install the PostScript option. The Printer/MFP will be found on the Wi-Fi network using Bonjour – without the need to install a driver or configure the printer settings – a perfect print from Apple devices solution.


Check the AirPrint compatibility of your device. If your machine isn't compatible, contact us for an upgrade to an AirPrint compatible model. 

Topics: Printers & Copiers, Ricoh, HP, Color Printing, MFP, Sharp, Canon, Digital Imaging, Kyocera

Valley Office Systems

Written by Valley Office Systems

In business since 1974, Valley Office Systems is an Idaho-based office equipment dealer offering Ricoh, Sharp, Kyocera, and HP equipment, along with support, managed print services and document management solutions.