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Bluetooth Printer For iOS devices(BLE and MFi)

2016/05/30


When we need to apply bluetooth printer in iOS devices(iphone/ipad), we should know there are two solutions which are distinguished by bluetooth types: BLE and MFi.


>Solution1: the printer uses BLE(Bluetooth Low energy) module as communication interface, Apple opens the BLE API/interface to developer, and makes the BLE related products popular such as heart rate monitors and digital thermostats. 

Advantages of BLE module: A. Low hardware cost and reliable

                       B.Low development cost

                       C. No need to get Apple authority.

                      

And this makes the bluetooth printer far much cost-effective, and widely applied in every field.


How to combine the BLE bluetooth printer into your iOS project ?


First, you need to have/develop an App(for expample, cafe POS App), then if you need to print something from this App, then you will need to upgrade your App to support bluetooth printing.


But how to upgrade your App to support bluetooth printing ?

Power on the printer, then all the jobs are done by App including scan/connect/data transferring/disconnect. To get all done, there are two methods followed.


Method 1: You can develop on your own if you are familiar with BLE technology and also familiar with printing commands.

Method2: Get bluetooth printer iOS SDK from printer developer/factory, it makes your App upgrading much easier and faster.


>solution2: The printer uses MFi bluetooth moudule as communication interface,Disadvantages of MFi bluetooth moudule: 

A. High hardware cost

B. High development cost, need to join Apple MFi program by charging fees.

C. Pinter need to be delivered to Apple library for MFi Test Approval.

D. Need to purchase MFi related chips under Apple control.

E. Need to pay royalty to Apple every printer which is sold. 


And this makes the bluetooth printer price expensive, always with a price of hundreds of US dollars. Printer with MFi bluetooth communication will be recognized as standard external accessory of iOS devices. It is suitable for field which require high configuration.


How to combine the MFi bluetooth printer into your iOS project ?


First you need to have/develop an App, before you start printing from your iOS App, you need to power on printer,and then do pairing and connection by going to iOS-->Setting-->Turn on Bluetooth,when bluetooth printer is found, click it to pair&connect. Then all other jobs will be done by App including connect/data transferring/disconnect. 

But how to upgrade your App to support this functions ? 

Method 1: You can develop on your own if you are familiar with MFi bluetooth technology and also familiar with printing commands.

Method2: Get bluetooth printer iOS SDK from printer developer/factory, it makes your App upgrading much easier and faster.


After you have read all the information above, I think you already have a good understanding of iOS bluetooth application. which way are you going to choose when you need to print under iOS devices ?

Here suggest  solution 1 , and we already have bluetooth SDK and manual for solution 1, Please Let your engineer have a look and evaluate, then decide whether to choose our printer or not , thanks in advance.


Here two BLE printer models for selection.

Left model:58mm paper width        Right model:80mm paper width


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IOS bluetooth printer, Self-test Page, print what you want !

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