Every 3rd party peripheral driver for the iPhone OS is delivered as part of its own dedicated App. I suspect it'd be the same with the variant of the iPhone OS that runs on the iPad.>>connect to my HP printer connected to my Mac<<
Specific downloads for specific HP printers or is there a generic app driver so to speak??
Agree. This would be like going back to the pre-Windows days on PCs. The iPad should be using Bonjour to determine what printers are available. Having to install dinky apps to send a job to an HP printer is hopefully a thing of the past.Having an app to print to shared printers from a particular manufacturer is not a solution.
Yes it can according to Whats new in iPhone OS 3.2It needs to print - from Mail, iWork, Safari etc.
It also needs to create PDFs like printing in OS X does.
Unfortunately it won't do either.
If this is correct, you are a legend. (and somebody broke their NDA!)Yes it can according to Whats new in iPhone OS 3.2
The UIKit framework (UIKit.framework) includes new functions for generating PDF files and data objects from your applications custom content. You can use this support to generate PDF-based content for use within your application or for storing to the local disk. The UIKit functions manage the setup and pagination for the PDF data. You provide the actual content using the same native platform graphics technologies (UIKit, Core Graphics, Core Text, and so on) already available for drawing to the screen. (You cannot draw to a PDF context directly using OpenGL commands. However, you can transfer the pixels of your rendered content to a CGImageRef data type and draw that.)"
As for printing, I'm sure it would use Bonjour printing services via WiFi. Like Snow Leopard, it would probably download the specific printer driver off the server. No need to install all of them.
Theres a lot of functionality in 3.2 like File Sharing and File type support.
Applications that want to share files with the user can now do so using the file-sharing support in iPhone OS 3.2. Heres how it works:
An application indicates that it wants to share files by including the UIFileSharingEnabled key in its Info.plist file.
It puts whatever files it wants to share in its Documents/Shared directory.
When the device is plugged into the users computer, a mount point is added to the system and the contents of any shared directories appear on the users desktop.
Users can modify the contents of this directory freely by copying files out, deleting files, or dragging new files in.
Applications that support file sharing should recognize when files have been added to the directory or removed and respond appropriately. For example, if the user added files to the directory, your iPad application might make those files available from its interface. You should never expect the user to go searching for files in this directory, nor should your application rely on any files being in this directory. It is strictly for sharing files with the users computer."
As for file types, one can develop let say zip file extractor App. As long as its installed, the system knows if you were to downloaded a zip file from Safari or open an attachment in Mail, it will automatically launch the actual App designated for the file type. That means this can support virtually any kind of files.