Home computer users investing in ink cartridges to accompany their new Canon printer may find their device is compatible with AirPrint.

The manufacturer has added the feature to its Pixma MG8250, MG6250 and MG5350 machines, meaning owners of the models can now wirelessly print documents by sending them from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

It removes the need for drivers to be installed before printing can take place and Canon said the technology, developed by Apple, results in a "seamless user experience".

Canon aims to implement AirPrint in the majority of its Pixma machines and it is not the only firm to be embracing the standard, which requires Apple iOS version 4.2 or later.

Epson has also begun integrating it into its range of inkjet printers and said last month that "major new models" released from September 2011 will have the feature built in.

In addition, it is also compatible with a wide range of HP devices, including Officejet Pro, LaserJet Pro and Photosmart printers.