It’s been nearly four months since iOS 4.2 for the iPad was released, with AirPrint as one of the headline new features included in it. Initially, AirPrint was touted by Apple as bringing ‘universal’ wireless printing to the iPad and iOS.
By the time the 4.2 update was released that had been scaled back enormously – it offered wireless printing only to AirPrint-enabled printers and the list of those was pathetically short. Back in November the list contained only seven printers, all from only one manufacturer, HP.
Today I had a quick glance at Apple’s list of Airprint-enabled printers again – hoping and expecting that it would have expanded quite a bit. Sadly, it hasn’t. There are now only 17 printers on the list – still all from HP. I realize it is probably legal and licensing reasons that are crippling this list right now, not technology-related ones, but even so it strikes me as very lame on Apple’s part that they promised the world on this feature and they’ve not even come close to delivering on the promise.
Luckily if you use a Mac, there is this clever and painless tweak that enables you to use AirPrint with just about any printer you like.
I really hope will get things sorted out soon and make AirPrint somewhere at least close to as universal as it was promised to be.
Apple is releasing a new User Guide for the iPad running the soon-to-be-released iOS 4.3, which is set to release on March 11 like the iPad 2.
The guide looks like it will cover all the basics of using the iPad – including topics like email setup, using Safari to browse the web, using the App Store, syncing with a PC, and so on.
It’s a free eBook, and is available for ‘pre-order’ right now in the iBookstore. It adds the book to your library, and presumably will download it once iOS 4.3 is released on March 11th.
Now that the iPad 2 has been announced and is set for release next week, Apple has slashed prices for the original iPad models by $100. And they are offering some excellent prices for refurb models too – starting at just $349 for the WiFi-only 16GB model.
The price cuts run across all the original iPad models, so for example:
— A new 3G 64GB model is now down to $729.
— A refurbished top of the line 3G 64GB model goes for just $659
For all the details on the refurb models, see the Apple store page here:
That’s the question I am trying to answer as I wait for Wednesday with my fingers crossed, hoping that the rumors of a quick iPad release are true. Like so many others have done, I put my iPad on eBay in advance of Apple’s impending announcement, hoping to get ahead of the impending price drops. I ended up doing ok, I guess, but the prices on eBay and Craigslist are already starting to fall a bit. After Wednesday, you can expect those prices to take an even bigger dip, so if you are planning on selling to raise a little cash for the iPad 2, you should probably act right now.
GigaOM has a great infographic post up, based on striking numbers extracted from a new report by Yudu Media. According to GigaOM the new report …
presents a very convincing case that when it comes to marketing and audience, few devices (tablets or otherwise) can compare with the iPad. The report collects the findings of a number of different surveys and research outlets, painting a picture of a device tailor-made to sell content, products and services.
Two of the numbers that jump off the page for me are these:
— 91% of iPad owners have downloaded at least one app – and 63% have downloaded a paid app.
— 50% of iPad owners read newspapers (on the iPad presumably) – and only 14% of other ‘E-Reader’ owners do.