Printer manufacturer Epson is working closely with Apple to ensure its devices improve their integration and compatibility with both Mac and iOS devices, monitoring demand from photographers using iPads as editing tools.
Epson Australia’s director of marketing and communications, Michael Pleasants, told Australian Macworld that the company works closely with Apple to ensure its products work well with their products.
“Epson is making a real effort to ensure that it adopts Apple’s latest technologies before other printer vendors,” he said. “The product development team at Epson in Japan regularly has face-to-face meetings with Apple product development to share information. One of the aims is to improve the connectivity between devices so that Epson products work seamlessly with Macs.”
Despite the fact its current range doesn’t support Apple’s wireless printing protocol, AirPrint, Epson has developed its own iOS app, Epson iPrint, which allows users to wireless print their documents.
However, Pleasants explains the while its devices don’t currently support iOS, the company is certainly aware of the growing trend toward using the iPad, with its increasingly advanced photo suites, as a photo editing device.
“Epson is watching closely the demand from photographers using an iPad as a photo editing device and concentrating on ensuring better connectivity between our printers and the iPad.”
The comments from Epson suggest the company is at least considering the application of AirPrint in its printer products, and may be expected to feature the technology in future lines.