updated 12:30 pm EST, Tue November 23, 2010
Promises better printer support 'soon'
AirPrint should gain much broader device support in the near future, according to Apple's Steve Jobs. The CEO recently responded via e-mail to a complaint about the number of printers AirPrint is currently compatible with, limited to just 11 HP models. "Lots more coming soon," Jobs' e-mail opens.
"It's what it takes to make a giant leap to driverless printing, which is huge," the message concludes. On Mac and Windows systems, printer support typically requires specific driver packages, which can sometimes measure in hundreds of megabytes. Apple has said little about how AirPrint operates underneath its surface architecture.