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Apple delaying AirPrint for Macs, PCs?

updated 10:50 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010

Project said to be facing stability problems

Apple may be delaying AirPrint for Mac and Windows computers, according to an AppleInsider report. The company is said to be facing problems relating to compatibility and overall stability, pushing the project back indefinitely. Computer integration was initially expected to be available alongside AirPlay for iOS.

The company has yet to formally admit to the problems, but the removal of Mac and Windows references from lists of iOS 4.2 features has not gone unnoticed. Apple's developer site and iOS 4.2 golden master release notes no longer list AirPrint compatibility with shared printers on a computer.

AirPrint for iOS 4.2 appears to be ready for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Users will be able to wirelessly print documents or photos to compatible printers, which may be initially limited to five HP models. Unconfirmed reports point to Friday as a likely candidate for the iOS 4.2 release.




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  1. facebook_Michelle

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    Joined: Nov 2010

    +8

    that would suck!

    Thats one of the features I'm really looking forward to. :(

  1. scottshu@scottshu.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Wait.

    People are still printing? On paper?

    Isn't it time to stop tearing down forests so we can print PowerPoint slides??

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re:Wait

    scottshu@scottshu.com, my sister prints worksheets for grade school students and would really love an iPad print server.

    Unless, you want your taxes raised so that they buy all the kids iPads.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Printing is nice

    But I would also love to see an iPad that is autonomous from a computer, but still has the capability of being synced if desired.

    Why do we need to have a computer to hook the iPad up to when it is obvious that the device (potentially) could be used as a full-fledged computer by quite a large percentage of our population?

  1. Norrin Radd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @ lamewing

    You are not required to have your iPad connected to a computer ever. You can buy one at the Apple store and they will activate it there for you. No other computer needed. Now, getting media on to it that you already own.........that's another story.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    differences

    When MS screws up and over promises, there's actually something that comes out that says such-and-such is being cut. And people laugh at them.

    When Apple screws up and over promises, they just quietly change the web pages and hope no one notices (or, if they do, are still quiet on it).

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