HP announced the release of a new application available for iPhone and iPod Touch users – iPrint – in December.  The idea behind the new application is to allow users to print photos effortlessly from their devices to any wireless HP Photosmart printer available on the network.

We currently have a HP Photosmart C4599 printer in our office for review so we tested the new application on an iPod Touch.

Installing the application was simple.  We searched for iPrint in the App Store and it came up immediately.  The price is free so no need to worry about payment and the install was automated. 

It took all of 20 seconds to get iPrint on our iPod Touch.  Time of install varies depending on your internet connection; with home broadband being the fastest, followed closely by 3G on the newer iPhone, and EDGE on the original iPhone.

The iPrint application will allow users to choose from any WiFi enabled HP printer it sees on the network.  Once you choose the printer, you can print any photo from your photo album. 

There are no print options to choose from at this point.  It only prints 4 x 6” prints but the job came through quickly to the Photosmart C4599 and the photo quality was decent compared to photos I printed from a PC on the same printer. 

Photo printed from iPod touch using iPrint

We did notice that the iPrint application only works with photos saved in the device photo album – photos downloaded with the use of other applications (Air Sharing for example) were not available to print.

 The iPrint application is a cool idea and an useful secondary print option.  It is handy for users to print photos from the Apple handheld devices without the hassle of downloading them to a computer.

HP offers support for the iPrint application on their website.