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Old May 10, 2010, 03:21 AM   #1
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Steve Jobs Says Printing "Will Come" for iPad






Since Steve Jobs has taken it upon himself to answer customer queries, he becomes a frequently cited source for what Apple is working on. According to one reader, Steve Jobs replied to an email asking why there are no printing capabilities on the iPad. Steve Jobs reportedly replied "It will come."

While these email replies can be difficult to authenticate, previous rumors have claimed that Apple is indeed working on printing to make the iPad more appealing to enterprise customers.

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Old May 10, 2010, 03:26 AM   #2
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:27 AM   #3
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Via iPad Printer Connection Kit which will cost you further 25
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:27 AM   #4
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It will be interesting to see how Apple solves this issue.

Gut feeling is that it will be different than the traditional approach using device/OS side print drivers like a regular desktop/laptop print solution.
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:34 AM   #5
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"It will come"

So will death. Personally I'm waiting for the option of a proper cursor (so you can add a mouse) and a proper OS. Cue the fanboys dribbling that I "don't get it", new paradigm, blah blah blah.
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:39 AM   #6
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If you print it, it will come...
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:41 AM   #7
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"It will come"

So will death. Personally I'm waiting for the option of a proper cursor (so you can add a mouse) and a proper OS. Cue the fanboys dribbling that I "don't get it", new paradigm, blah blah blah.
Oh wait let me guess, you want full OS X, mouse and keyboard. You know Apple already makes something like that. It's called a notebook, they have several. You should try one.
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:43 AM   #8
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I have a feeling that the iPhoneOS 4.0 for iPad will contain some more tweaks and stuff, which are not part of the beta versions.

Don't tell me an iPad branch with the exact same features, will be half a year delayed just because its on iPad.
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:44 AM   #9
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Printing exists already

For wireless printing, Microtech has already solved this

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eprint/id304221132?mt=8

For those with printers with no wifi or BT; You just dropped $500 on an iPad. What's another 40 bucks? :P
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:45 AM   #10
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Oh wait let me guess, you want full OS X, mouse and keyboard. You know Apple already makes something like that. It's called a notebook, they have several. You should try one.
The notebook is much bigger, heavier and has no touchscreen. Meanwhile, there is no technical reason why the iPad can't have a cursor, mouse and a proper OS.

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Old May 10, 2010, 03:45 AM   #11
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I'd be happy with printing to PDF and sending the files over to my MobileMe storage. As it is now I have to take screen shots whenever I purchase something online while using the iPad.
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Oh wait let me guess, you want full OS X, mouse and keyboard. You know Apple already makes something like that. It's called a notebook, they have several. You should try one.
Eesh, snarky.

I'm with the OP; if the iPad didn;t have a gimped OS, I would've considered buying one. As it is, I already have one, though it's a touch smaller :P
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The notebook is much bigger, heavier and has no touchscreen. Meanwhile, there is no technical reason why the iPad can't have a cursor, mouse and a proper OS.
Have a read here (Engadget).

Tried emailing SJ about your request?
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The notebook is much bigger, heavier and has no touchscreen. Meanwhile, there is no technical reason why the iPad can't have a cursor, mouse and a proper OS.
You want a touch screen and mouse support? You do realize this is Apple and that is never going to happen on this device. Perhaps the iMac and notebooks in the future but not on a device that was made specifically for multi-touch. You're dreaming of some fantasy device that won't happen. It's like asking for a 4 cylinder on a Ferrari so you can get better gas mileage. A Ferrari is not designed for gas mileage it desgned for speed. The iPad is designed for multi-touch not a mouse. There is no technical reason why a Ferrari can't have great gas mileage. Too bad it was not designed for that purpose.

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The notebook is much bigger, heavier and has no touchscreen. Meanwhile, there is no technical reason why the iPad can't have a cursor, mouse and a proper OS.
Why would you want to lug around a mouse with a portable tablet? You'd have to bring along some sort of stand and have somewhere to set it down.

And why would you want only 1 input trigger when you have 10? Apple would never do that. Not only would the whole OS and philosophy change, but every app developer needs to completely rethink their interface strategies too.
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Excellent news, should make iWork great if we get to print straight from it.
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You want a touch screen and mouse support? You do realize this is Apple and that is never going to happen on this device. Perhaps the iMac and notebooks in the future but not on a device that was made specifically for multi-touch. You're dreaming of some fantasy device that won't happen. It's like asking for a 4 cylinder on a Ferrari so you can get better gas mileage. A Ferrari is not designed for gas mileage it desgned for speed. The iPad is designed for multi-touch not a mouse. There is no technical reason why a Ferrari can't have great gas mileage. Too bad it was not designed for that purpose.
Thank you for proving my original post correct. Porsche recently came out with a hybrid V8 design that has amazing power and fuel economy. Looks like they are going to put it into production. That alone makes your post sound pretty silly, but also that somehow a touchscreen (you can always spot the fan boy because they always use the marketing term "multitouch") precludes a mouse. How? Why? Have you ever tried to select text with your finger on one of these devices? It's a disaster. If you're right why does it support a hardware keyboard and not a hardware mouse? It's just a stupid notion that a more accurate pointing device cannot be used when available. I dare you to try to come up with a logical, cogent argument why this isn't the case. But it's not possible.

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For wireless printing, Microtech has already solved this

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eprint/id304221132?mt=8

For those with printers with no wifi or BT; You just dropped $500 on an iPad. What's another 40 bucks? :P
CUPS will manage the print source.
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Why would you want to lug around a mouse with a portable tablet? You'd have to bring along some sort of stand and have somewhere to set it down.

And why would you want only 1 input trigger when you have 10? Apple would never do that. Not only would the whole OS and philosophy change, but every app developer needs to completely rethink their interface strategies too.
Yes, anything that the device supports you are required by law to carry with you: keyboard, tv, speakers...

Using ten fingers doesn't mean they are more accurate than a mouse, in fact they are profoundly less accurate.

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The big question now is whether it will be able to print directly (e.g. with a wireless printer or airport express), or whether it's going to work with a printer that's attached to a computer on the network.

(Oh, and I hope the people arguing about the iPad in general can get their own thread - this should be about printing!)
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Old May 10, 2010, 04:10 AM   #21
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It will be great to have printing on iPad.Hope we wiil have this feature soon on iPad.
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The notebook is much bigger, heavier and has no touchscreen. Meanwhile, there is no technical reason why the iPad can't have a cursor, mouse and a proper OS.
You obviously don't understand that something has to give.

with more size comes better hardware, better hardware will enable a full running os.

With less size, comes hardware that is completely and utterly dependant on battery, which means it needs to be efficient. a full running OS, wont be efficient.

Also why would you need a cursor if its touch screen? do you not know where your finger is?

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Thank you for proving my original post correct. Porsche recently came out with a hybrid V8 design that has amazing power and fuel economy. Looks like they are going to put it into production. That alone makes your post sound pretty silly, but also that somehow a touchscreen (you can always spot the fan boy because they always use the marketing term "multitouch") precludes a mouse. How? Why? Have you ever tried to select text with your finger on one of these devices? It's a disaster. If you're right why does it support a hardware keyboard and not a hardware mouse? It's just a stupid notion that a more accurate pointing device cannot be used when available. I dare you to try to come up with a logical, cogent argument why this isn't the case. But it's not possible.
Yes I read Autoblog and Jalopnik I know all about the Porsche. Too bad it uses advance technology and will cost most likely more than the average Porsche. Throwing a 4 cylinder in a Ferrari would be cheap and something the company would never do to achieve fuel economy, it goes against their philosophy and heritage. Like I said these cars are designed with speed in mind first. Apple may find a way to have another option of interacting with a tablet in the future but it won't be with a mouse. It's opposite of their philosophy with such a device. Ferrari will find a way to implement fuel economy but it sure as hell won't be with a 4 cylinder.

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"It will come"

So will death. Personally I'm waiting for the option of a proper cursor (so you can add a mouse) and a proper OS. Cue the fanboys dribbling that I "don't get it", new paradigm, blah blah blah.
Typical nutjob type of response. Since you're not finding what you're looking for at Apple, why not try purchasing a 'superior' product elsewhere?

Looking forward to printing support!
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Awesome. I'd love to think we could just leave printing behind, like the floppy disk, but we're not there yet. It is still very much a needed function for many people.

As for the print driver bloat problem, doesn't Snow Leopard already download print drivers on an as-needed basis, instead of installing them all?
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