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HP brings wireless photo printing app to Apple's iPhone

There are more than a few features that are missing from Apple's iPhone (and its iPod touch sibling) including native copy & paste abilities, landscape view for emails, the ability to sync via Wi-Fi, and non-neutered Bluetooth functionality. One of the less requested, yet still handy feature requests has been the ability to print directly from the iPhone.

While at least one app in the iTunes App Store allows the iPhone and iPod touch to wirelessly print using a helper application that has to be installed on your desktop or laptop, Hewlett-Packard just released HP iPrint Photo which can print directly to most HP photo printers. The printer can be connected either via Wi-Fi or via standard Ethernet cable to your router in order for an iPhone to print using Apple's Bonjour technology.

"Today's news demonstrates how HP is enabling customers to turn special moments captured on the go into high-quality photos," said Vyomesh Joshi, HP's executive vice president of the Imaging and Printing Group. "More than any other company in the world, HP has re-imagined, re-engineered and re-invented the power of printing with exciting new technologies that address real customer needs."

Currently, HP iPrint Photo can only print 4x6" photos that are housed on your iPhone or iPod touch. However, if you need to print a document, email, or webpage in a pinch -- albeit expensively through the use of photo paper -- you can hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time to take a screenshot and save it to your Camera Roll. The resulting "image" can then be sent wirelessly to a printer.

HP iPrint Photo is currently available for free from the iTunes App Store.