AirPrint was touted by Apple as one of the biggest headline new features included in the recent iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. It has turned out to be a huge disappointment. Instead of supporting both wireless printers and nearly any printer all that was shared via your PC, it has come out with support only for a very small range of HP wireless printers and no support at all for any shared printers. There are a number of 3rd party printing apps that offer much more than AirPrint currently does.
The hope is that Apple will beef up AirPrint (a lot) in future updates. It surely needs to be drastically improved, and it looks like there is more reason to be hopeful on this subject now – as Steve Jobs himself is apparently promising it. In another of his highly publicized efforts as an Apple customer service rep, he had this email exchange with a user recently:
You got me all hype about AirPrint. Now with iOS 4.2 released, I find out that I can only print on 11 select printers. Seriously?!
And, Steve Jobs’ alleged reply:
Lots more coming soon. It’s what it takes to make a giant leap to driverless printing, which is huge.
Here’s hoping that soon means very soon, and that ‘lots more’ includes support for shared printers, as we were originally promised.
News via: BGR