HP enables photo printing on the iPhone

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched an iPhone application that allows users to print pictures wirelessly from an iPhone.

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched an application that allows users to print pictures wirelessly from an iPhone.

The application, iPrint Photo, allows pictures stored on an iPhone to be printed using HP's inkjet printers attached to a Wi-Fi network.

Users can launch the application on an iPhone, select a photo by touching it, after which a print command is sent to the inkjet printer over a Wi-Fi network. The software also runs on the iPod Touch device.

Currently, the software enables only 4-by-6-inch (10-by-15-centimeter) photo prints and resizes images accordingly. The application is available for download from the App Store for free.

The software is a better way to enable users to print thousands of images stored on their iPhones, HP said. The application works with Apple's Bonjour networking technology to help identify HP wireless printers on the network.

However, there are some caveats. Only JPEG images are printed by the application, and it does not support any other image or documents formats for now, HP said. The printing may also be cancelled if a user receives a call or a text message on the iPhone.

The application has been well-received by iPhone users, but it has limited capabilities, users said in an online forum discussing the software.

"Now they need to come out with one to allow you to print pdf files and other documents from your iPhone," wrote poster det2004, in MacRumors' message boards.

There are also some concerns surrounding the application, which supports only HP printers. "I have a Canon printer with WiFi. I'm hoping someone releases this to work with those printers," poster Daremom wrote on the same page.

HP iPrint Photo is only compatible with wireless HP inkjet printers or other HP network inkjets connected to a Wi-Fi network, an HP spokeswoman said. "Currently we cannot comment on future plans to expand the compatibility," she said.

Additional features and functionality will be decided with future versions of the software, the spokeswoman said.

The technology will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Macworld, both of which will be held next month.

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