Non-Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: AirPrint Crippled in iOS 4.2

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There are lots of reports over the last couple of days about how Apple may be cutting down the originally promised functionality of the new AirPrint feature in iOS 4.2. Originally, AirPrint was touted as allowing you to print from your iOS device to local wireless printers as well as any printer shared on a Mac or Windows PC.

Now, as you can see in the screenshot above taken from Apple’s page on iOS 4.2 for the iPad, there’s no more mention of shared printers, only those on a wireless network.

If it proves true that Apple is removing the shared printers support from AirPrint, that makes it a far less useful feature right away. Not everyone has access to a wireless printer, and if shared printers are not supported it will render the feature useless for many people. There are even third party apps available right now for the iPad that support shared printers – which knocks even more gloss off AirPrint if it comes out supporting only wireless printers.

News via: MacStories via Macgasm

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5 thoughts on “Non-Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: AirPrint Crippled in iOS 4.2”

  1. I have seen 4.2 and AirPrint (a friend of mine is a developer) and it will only print to an HP ePrint printer unless they allow you to share via your Mac or PC – which who knows if that will happen. The funny thing is I have been printing for months using the app PrintCentral, it prints directly to my wifi print with no issues. So instead of having to buy a $180 new printer I spent $10 on an app and it works great.

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