No AirPrint Support for Mac, Windows Printers
There's increasing evidence that iOS 4.2 and Mac OS X 10.6.5 will not support AirPrint to Mac and Windows shared printers. References to using AirPrint with shared printers have been removed from iOS 4.2 beta docs, and a dev has reportedly been told by Apple Support that AirPrint would not be work with Windows and Mac printers. If true, this means that iOS 4.2 users will only be able to print to the five HP printers with built-in AirPrint support.
An Apple press release
from September 15 says that "iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC." The release notes
from the iOS 4.2 golden master, however, specifically warn that "iOS 4.2 devices can print wirelessly only to printers that support AirPrint and are running the latest available firmware."
One developer wrote
on the Apple dev forums that Apple Support told him that "Support for AirPrint on Windows and Mac has been cancelled," and that Apple "will be in contact with you if another opportunity arises in the future." Other developers are claiming
that the feature was removed because of compatibility and stability problems.
I don't have a 10.6.5 beta shared printer to test my 4.2 GM against, but the reports are frequent and consistent enough to be credible. If this turns out to be the case, the absence of straightforward printing options will be a blow for wider acceptance of the iPad in particular, which is beginning to make major inroads into the business market.