Tuesday, December 23, 2008

iPhone Printing boom!

When it rains it pours!

After expressing perceived pent-up demand for Apple (NASDAQ AAPL) iPhone printing for the last year and a half (see the first of many posts at "iPhone Printing"), we now have two iPhone apps (so far) that deliver on the promise.

The two iPhone apps enabling printing from iPhones have surfaced this holiday week. First, there's the application simply titled "Print" from EuroSmartz, Ltd. I've purchased ($2.99) and tested this one and was able to print a photo right away on a networked HP (NYSE HPQ) LaserJet 1320, but had trouble printing a web page. This app requires a corresponding server program running on a Mac or PC. So far, 15 user reviews have been logged on the iTunes iPhone apps store, with an average rating of 3.5 stars.

HP's "HP iPrint Photo" was officially announced yesterday (see release, "HP Introduces Free Photo Printing Application on Apple App Store") and will be showcased at the upcoming CES and MacWorld shows. It's average 3.0-stars review comes from an amazing 163 reviews, as of this morning at just after 10am (12/23). That number indicates the interest in this free app - it was 59 reviews when I started writing this post no more than 1/2 hour ago!

See this PC World note, "HP Enables Photo Printing on the IPhone", for a few details. So far I have not been able to get it to work, btw. Many users are reported good results, though.

More to follow, included my own hands-on work and an analysis of those reviews (now up to 189 five minutes since I checked last!).

4 comments:

Greg Walters said...

wow - 189 ! It is a hott topic...

This is very interesting - I am about to take the jump and upgrade up to the Storm - Verizon has been buggin for months now, my contract is in month to month...but I want to be able to print from it...

good stuff

tlogger said...

Now that another six months has gone by and the next generation iPhone with enhanced javascript is imminent are you aware of any new developments in the iPhone / iTouch print app world?

tlogger said...

Oh and thank you for your informative post....

Also if I find out anything I will post it on my end (tlog-dejavu.blogspot.com)

tlogger said...

Well I just found your update posted on June 8 on this very subject. The info there should point me in the right direction. Thanks again and keep up the good work.....