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  • Apple to 'Shake' Things Up with iOS Printing Options


    Can you imagine a "shake to print" option from Apple's iOS 6 or later? Based on a slate of new patent filings uncovered this week, Apple is exploring a host of new ways to deliver innovative printing options to iOS-powered devices.

    "In some cases," one filing reads, "particular motions of the device can be associated with print settings. In a print settings mode, when the electronic device detects a motion of the device, the device can identify a print setting associated with the detected motion."

    It is suggested that iDevices will enable printing of content in the same mode in which the content appears on the screen. That is, devices viewing a document in portrait mode will similarly have their document printed in the same mode.

    Shaking, of course, isn't a new idea for Apple when it comes to delivering new functionalities. Between "Shake to Undo" and "Shake to Shuffle" features (and more), iOS users are already comfortable with shaking their device to achieve a desired effect. Printing may just be the latest to get the shake down, so to speak.

    Sources: IP Research Communities, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to 'Shake' Things Up with iOS Printing Options started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Hey...I have a better idea:

      How about Apple let's us...

      ...wait for iiiiitttt....

      Print to ANY WiFi printer!

      I probably deserve an award for that ingenious invention!
    1. ncruzpr's Avatar
      ncruzpr -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Hey...I have a better idea:

      How about Apple let's us...

      ...wait for iiiiitttt....

      Print to ANY WiFi printer!

      I probably deserve an award for that ingenious invention!
      100% Agree...iOS printing is terrible
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncruzpr View Post
      100% Agree...iOS printing is terrible
      Screw 'shake to print'....I just want 'print to my own non-iOS, WiFi printer!'
    1. FireSpyder's Avatar
      FireSpyder -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Screw 'shake to print'....I just want 'print to my own non-iOS, WiFi printer!'
      Check out "TruPrint" from Cydia. Print to any networked printer. Works perfectly with all the printers I've tried. Well worth the couple dollars.
    1. repoman16's Avatar
      repoman16 -
      "dude, check out this nude i found of *names hot actress"
      *tosses phone to friend
      *dad in office upstairs "SONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    1. jrhudson's Avatar
      jrhudson -
      Really. Cmon any wifi printer!!! Whats so hard about it?!?
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by repoman16 View Post
      "dude, check out this nude i found of *names hot actress"
      *tosses phone to friend
      *dad in office upstairs "SONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!"
      +1 ahahahaha


      Shake to print is a bad idea, unless it has a confirmation screen. Otherwise it'd result in a ton I wasted ink
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Hey...I have a better idea:

      How about Apple let's us...

      ...wait for iiiiitttt....

      Print to ANY WiFi printer!

      I probably deserve an award for that ingenious invention!
      Two words: net genie

      True it's a workaround but I can print to my older canon wifi printer from all my iOS devices.
    1. DistortedHope's Avatar
      DistortedHope -
      Quote Originally Posted by repoman16 View Post
      "dude, check out this nude i found of *names hot actress"
      *tosses phone to friend
      *dad in office upstairs "SONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!"
      ROFL It's so bound to happen.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Do you really think Apple care for what its customers want? NOPE, they will add stupid things like shake to print before they add support for any network printer.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      im confused. I have no issues printing to my WIFI printer.. just purhcased the cheapest one i could find.. seems to work just fine
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Two words: net genie

      True it's a workaround but I can print to my older canon wifi printer from all my iOS devices.
      I'll check it out! Thanx!!!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      im confused. I have no issues printing to my WIFI printer.. just purhcased the cheapest one i could find.. seems to work just fine
      your lucky i bought a 150 dollar canon wifi model printer and i cant print to it ugh i could when i had truprint but now that i have my iphone 5 i dont have a jailbreak so cant use that anymore
    1. antonybasso's Avatar
      antonybasso -
      very good option thank's !
    1. Mario Cain's Avatar
      Mario Cain -
      opps best of luck good option
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Hey...I have a better idea:

      How about Apple let's us...

      ...wait for iiiiitttt....

      Print to ANY WiFi printer!

      I probably deserve an award for that ingenious invention!
      I so agree on this 100%!!

      I'd vote for you for president!!
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      completely pointless. Thats the Apple way.

      The world:"Can you print to any printer or adjust print settings?"
      Apple:"no, but look at this flashy shake to print you can do"
      The world:"...."
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      I used truprint from when it came out till I bought my new 40 hp all in one that works with AirPrint! Must admit I would love to see apple allow connection to any wifi printer but would think the real issue is apple has been paid to keep it locked down to a select few and will be like that until the contract expires!
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      TruPrint is nice, though having support for printing via SMB (a printer shared via Windows, or Samba on Linux and UNIX systems.) Yes, people still use Windows printer sharing, especially in offices (in my line of work, I go to many different offices all the time and rarely see any where printers aren't just shared via a Windows server.)
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Two words: net genie

      True it's a workaround but I can print to my older canon wifi printer from all my iOS devices.
      Question: Do I have to have a Netgear Router for this to work?

      I have Verizon FIOS w/ their Wireless Router and although the Netgear Genie Program shows my Wireless Printer, my iDevice still can't see it.

      I'm wondering if I need to pull my old Netgear router out of retirement and see if that fixes the problem...

      Also...for those that are suggesting TruPrint; I'm solely using my ip5 and selling my 4S. I need a solution that doesn't require a jailbreak...