But that may not be the case, as some iOS developers are now saying that Apple has removed any mention of printing through your PC from the company’s iOS developer documentation, according to Macstories.
If the rumors are true, then at launch AirPrint would only work with select Hewlett-Packard printers that support printing directly from iOS 4.2 devices. The HP models supporting AirPrint at launch include Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers. AirPrint on iOS 4.2 is only compatible with the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as third (late 2009) and fourth (late 2010) generation iPod Touch devices.
AirPrint Canceled or Just Held Back?
It’s not clear if Apple experienced problems with the software or is just holding back the feature prior to launch. But one developer, writing on Apple’s developer forums, says Apple told him the shared networking feature for AirPrint has been nixed. “Support for AirPrint on Windows and Mac has been canceled. We will be in contact with you if another opportunity arises in the future,” the purported message from Apple said.
If Apple has removed the shared printing feature from AirPrint in iOS 4.2, it’s unfortunate for everyone but a select group of HP printer owners. But there are alternatives if you feel you absolutely need to print from your iPad or iPhone. Eurosmartz makes an $8.99 iPhone and iPad app called Print & Share that lets you print to any networked printer running Eurosmartz’s free printer server software.
Mac users can also try another app called Print Magic that lets you print via OS X’s printer sharing feature. Print Magic is currently on sale for $2.99 in the iTunes Store.