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Apple thinking about driver-free printing for OS X and iOS devices

Apple thinking about driver-free printing for OS X and iOS devices

One of the two recent pantents entitled “Walk-Up Printing Without Drivers,”  shows methods of printing with out a driver on your iPad , iPhone , iPod and also Mac’s. In the document, who was brought to every one attention byConceivablyTech, Apple talks about a new printing process for such mobile computing devices which would allow them to wirelessly detect a printer and determine whether a printer driver is installed.

The handsets user would then be able to continue  printing even without a driver by using a series of APIs based on a discovery protocol , a Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) and also the PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file, which would be used to determine the make and model of the printer .

If the handset failed to pair up with the selected printer then the user would have a plan b which would be sending the documents to the cloud and using cloud-specific printing technology to communicate with the printer.

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