Report: Mac-to-iOS print sharing missing in action

Only a few HP printers will work with new AirPrint feature

By Dan Moren, Macworld |  Mobile & Wireless, AirPrint, IOS

One of the most significant and anticipated additions to iOS 4.2 (due this month) is AirPrint, a feature that enables wireless printing by iOS devices. But it's starting to look like some aspects of AirPrint may not be operational when iOS 4.2 arrives.

Some reports suggest that Apple may have scaled back the capabilities of AirPrint, removing the ability for Macs and PCs to share their local printers with iOS devices. (Nobody is questioning the status of AirPrint's ability to print directly to a limited number of HP printers, which apparently remains solid.)

Originally, Apple said that not only would the AirPrint feature allow users to print directly to compatible wireless printers to be offered from HP, but users would also be able to print to shared printers available on their Macs and PCs.

Mac developers have reported that Apple posted pre-release versions of Mac OS X 10.6.5, a forthcoming update, which included initial support for AirPrint sharing. But now those developers are reporting that Apple has removed references to the shared-printer functionality from documentation, as well as from the software seeded to developers.

"There's nothing in 10.6.5 for sharing printers to iPads," one developer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Macworld.

Publicly, Apple has said nothing about the change. On the topic of AirPrint, Apple's page on the 4.2 update says only "Print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network."

Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller made a similar statement to Macworld, saying: "With iOS 4.2 available this month, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can print to directly to AirPrint compatible printers without the need to install drivers or download software. HP is bringing AirPrint to their fall lineup of ePrint printers including the Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series." Muller declined to comment about enabling Macs and PCs to share a printer with iOS devices via AirPrint.

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