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    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.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No AirPrint Support for Mac, Windows Printers started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Am i reading this wrong? Because I've been using the 4.2 GM on my iPhone to print to a printer I shared off my windows 7 machine at work.
    1. lorderick70's Avatar
      lorderick70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by frail1 View Post
      Am i reading this wrong? Because I've been using the 4.2 GM on my iPhone to print to a printer I shared off my windows 7 machine at work.
      I surely hope you're reading it all wrong
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      THIS was posted on Apple.com today and it still has AirPrint on it. This is a bad rumor that got legs.
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      I'm really tired and hungry, but I'm pretty sure that says that I can't do what I've been doing... Although I can't figure out what 10.6.5 has to do with the windows side of it.

      Quote Originally Posted by GreggSymington View Post
      THIS was posted on Apple.com today and it still has AirPrint on it. This is a bad rumor that got legs.
      that's what i figured. got really confused cause i just printed something from my phone this morning.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I hope this article is wrong.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      My best advice would be if ur runnin 4.2 GM on your ipad then don't update to the public release 4.2. I have been able to print documents with the 4.2 GM feature just fine.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by lorderick70 View Post
      I surely hope you're reading it all wrong
      So do I, I don't fancy the idea of having to buy a new printer (if they are even available in the UK) just to print the old page off my i device
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      I believe this story is now outdated. On the Mac rumors site, a message from Jobs refutes the claims airprint has been dropped. Why doesn't someone ask Jobs before we go off at rumors not substantiated? From what the industry has been saying, new printers are including airprint to their wireless options already.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i hope this isnt true
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Jobs replied in an email that it has AirPrint has not been cancelled and not to believe everything you read.

    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      I seen Bigfoot today !!!!!!!! And he was printing fine from his iPad 4.2 gm. He didn't have much to say, but I was able to witness him printing in the wild.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      lol apparently this is just a rumor...
    1. jailbreakwithgreenpoison's Avatar
      jailbreakwithgreenpoison -
      I think apple would say that. I don't believe this at all

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    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      So has anyone tested this out with the 10.6.5 that was just released?
    1. bubba129's Avatar
      bubba129 -
      Well the airprint doesnt work for me I have an iPhone 4 with 4.2 GM installed and a wireless Brother printer that I have printer sharing enabled on my Mac with 10.6.5. Dont know maybe I am just doing something wrong.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Jeeeez! Rumors Rumors Rumors!
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      There nothing to do my post here. All am saying is 10.6.5 is out. Pls mmi writers it seems you cannot keep up with the latest news
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      This seems accurate as reported by AppleInsider as well: AppleInsider | Inside AirPrint: Apple's printing system for iOS

      They say that only HP ePrinters work as well as Windows 7 for some reason.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I wonder how much this will boost HP's printer sales?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Haha, I love the "Fail" button in your image

      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      Jeeeez! Rumors Rumors Rumors!
      I don't think you understand how news happens. If we waited around for confirmed FACTS then there would never be news - we'd not hear about current events until day or weeks after they happen. Or never. The tech industry moves fast.

      Blogs like this, and news organizations in general, are there to put pressure on these companies in order to get answers. If they didn't then these companies would never account for their actions. Some "rumors" actually kick people into action and make things get done, or lead to the real answers. Posting this bit o' news is just one part of a greater machine that pushes forward the flow of information.

      I'm not saying this is the most significant post in the world (personally I can't see myself using this feature), but the disabling of AirPlay is indeed cause for concern for those that are looking forward to it, and it's important for them to find answers.

      TLDR: If you analyze how information propagates across the internet, you'll see that most EVERYTHING is not based on scientific facts, and how rumors are an equal part of the news process. Those that whine about rumors in these replies are being childish. Take this information for what it is, but don't complain to us when you can't or refuse to see the bigger picture.