updated 12:20 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
May limit devices' use in schools, businesses
Support for TCP/IP is not coming to iOS 4.2's AirPrint feature, at least not in time for launch, an e-mail from Apple CEO Steve Jobs indicates. AirPrint should allow direct printing from iOS devices by way of a Wi-Fi connection. To date, however, the feature is only expected to support a handful of HP printers when it premieres.
TCP/IP printing has become a relatively common standard, particularly in corporate and college environments, where large numbers of people may require the use of print servers. The technology can also be used to send documents to a remote printer, instead of having to operate on a LAN. The lack of TCP/IP support could hinder corporate adoption of the iPad, which is otherwise proceeding quickly.