[Updated] Apple To Delay Support For AirPrint? – Jobs Says False


Update 1: Steve Jobs responded to a member from the MacRumors forum (via 9to5Mac):

AirPrint has not been pulled. Don’t believe everything you read.

A new report today indicates that Apple may have canceled support for AirPrint (printing from iOS devices) to shared printers attached to Mac or Windows computers. AirPrint was one of the major anticipated features of iOS 4.2, especially for iPad users.

We have been told from a few Mac developers that a few days ago Apple removed all the references to printing via OS X 10.6.5 and PCs both from Readme files and other online documentation posted in the iOS developer center. It seems like all that’s now mentioned in the release notes are the aforementioned HP networked printers, as if the shared printing option never existed.

Users who contact Apple technical support about the removal of AirPrint are essentially told that Apple has canceled AirPrint support through shared printers. What remains to be seen is if there are plans to reintroduce the feature at a later date.

“Support for AirPrint on Windows and Mac has been cancelled. We will be in contact with you if another opportunity arises in the future.”

Some users running the GM seed of iOS 4.2 with OS X 10.6.5 seem to have AirPrint working, but the success is mixed at best. At this time, it seems that claims of instabilities and incompatibilities have forced Apple to remove AirPrint functionality.



  • Anonymous


  • BlogCritic

    Did you try calling apple to verify? Talk to any Canadian devs to see if they are experiencing this? Any effort to expand the story at all? Your headline indicates it is a fact yet other sites aren’t sure. Do you have to share your ad money with the people who actually create your content?

  • Ari

    what bullshit! was looking forward to using this feature on the iPad

  • Anonymous

    me too, except on the iPhone4…having docs to go, and dropbox is phenominal, and the ability to print would be all the more kickass….if i were apple, id suggest spending more time fixing and integrating useful features like AirPrint, and less time implrementing semi-useless ones such as gamecentre. with printing the devicde becomes legit, and moves away from the “toy” idea….also, their 4.2 safari search methods should be made available to all apps like copy/paste. its really useful to be able to search through text.