“Apple could be on a quest to eliminate our dependency on printer drivers, according to two recently published patent application,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET. “As described by tech news site ConceivablyTech, the first patent application suggests a number of ways to cut out traditional printer drivers as the middleman. One method would use a ‘driverless printing technique’ that would grab the necessary information from the printer itself. Another method would send the printer data to the cloud, where servers would generate the print data.”
Whitney reports, “Apple’s second patent application envisions a new document format key, which would enable driverless printing by providing all the necessary printer and page configuration settings, such as resolution, print quality, orientation, input and output bins, and duplex support.””
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