Printer specialists Brother UK has launched what the company says is the world’s first iPhone application that allows users to scan to and print from their smartphones.

Brother iPrint&Scan allows customers to wirelessly print from and scan to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- with a compatible printer from Brother’s latest inkjet multifunction printer range.
 
"Smart phones are becoming an essential modern day business tool and we are pleased to be able to offer even more convenient features for our customers," said Phil Jones, sales and marketing director at Brother UK announcing the application.
 
All of Brother’s latest inkjet multifunction printers introduced from 2009 onwards that have a wireless interface will be fully compatible with the application. Models with network interface are also compatible when connecting to a wireless network.

Brother iPrint&Scan
 
"iPhone users have been waiting for an app like this for quite some time. We’re really pleased to be at the forefront of innovative printing technology, providing businesses with the means to succeed," Jones adds.
 
Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, Brother iPrint&Scan is free and requires the iPhone 3.0 Software Update or later and a compatible Brother printer.

The application is initially launched in English, with plans to introduce French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch versions by the end of 2010. Brother also has plans to develop similar applications for other smartphones including Google-based Android 1.6 handsets.