Steve Jobs Replies Regarding Rumors of AirPrint Issues

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    After yesterday's report that support for using Apple's AirPrint feature in iOS 4.2 to print to shared printers connected to Macs and Windows PCs appears to have been scrapped at the last minute, one MacRumors forum member emailed Steve Jobs to inquire about the fate of the feature. Jobs reportedly replied, noting that AirPrint has not been canceled.
    Unfortunately, the exchange sheds little light on the situation, as the initial report did not claim that AirPrint had been entirely pulled, only that printing to shared printers connected to Macs and PCs had been removed at the last minute. Consequently, both the rumor and Jobs' comments can be entirely correct.

    Apple has touted that AirPrint will allow users to print directly from iOS devices to compatible printers, with HP leading the way in releasing AirPrint-friendly printers. That aspect of AirPrint has not been rumored for discontinuation, with only printing to other printers accessible via sharing from Macs and PCs being the subject of the claims.

    Apple has been rumored to be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 today, with iOS 4.2 set to follow on Friday, although we have yet to see any indication from Apple of today's rumored releases.

    Article Link: Steve Jobs Replies Regarding Rumors of AirPrint Issues
  2. donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
  3. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    How so? He didn't actually say anything of note. The person who emailed him also asked the wrong question. It's Mac OS X 10.6.5 that allegedly has had AirPrint pulled.
  4. jeznav macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2007
    So people that voted negative actually believed it.:D
  5. EvolutionXGSR macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2010
  6. aprofetto8 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Here is another reply from another MacRumours member.
  7. DylanLovesPorn macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    this rumor is on loop feedback. hard to believe. what are eawmp1s credentials?
  8. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Funny (in a sad way) how people take the fact that Apple pulled printer sharing support from Airprint, but practically everyone's saying that Apple's pulling Airprint entirely. As the article said, HP is making Airprint ready printers.

    People today are so used to extremes. People tell me that life isn't just black & white; there are many shades of gray. While I believe that, I also believe people only really understand black & white. My high school band teacher had a saying, "People only remember the first song, the last song and if a dog runs through in the middle." Sad, but true.
  9. DarkJaye macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    You would think that when a member of this forum emails Steve, they would at least take the time to get the issue right. This is so disappointing because it's probably the most we'll ever hear from Steve on the subject, and it's a complete non-answer because of how the question was phrased. Of course AirPrint was never pulled, what we all ACTUALLY want to know (aside from the member who emailed him apparently) is whether the support for shared Windows/OSX printers was pulled.
  10. Tastic Bycrom macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    If the 10.6.5 release is as soon as rumored, then there's no reason to get your panties in twist about this rumor before the release is actually here. After that, sure, freak out all you like.
  11. rroach3753 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    "Don't believe everything you read." How ironic of an answer was that!!! It you went by that answer, then you shouldn't believe Jobs' answer either :)
  12. alakazzam macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    well I guess that's a reason to hope that the previous reports weren't true... but we all should know for sure soon enough :)
  13. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    I secretly hope one can never print easily from an iPad. I have 140 laser printers, and the yearly costs on them is more than most school's tech budgets, and I want it to go away. Forever. This shouldn't be the domain of the iPad. Go green, go cloud. There is rarely a real reason to print anything, at least in EDU. We are totally electronic NOW....
  14. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    This just seems very odd to me, from a technology standpoint. If it's using the print drivers already built into your desktop OS X, which should already be tested and working, where are the issues coming from? Wouldn't the iOS device just do something like package your document up into a PDF (already built into the Cocoa APIs) or PostScript doc and stream it to the desktop? It seems like the video streaming should be much more of a challenge, yet that appears to be working.
  15. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    You're over-analyzing it wrong
  16. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Not this again.....
  17. rroach3753 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    LOL...yeah, ok. I don't believe everything I read. Pluto isn't really a planet, I told my 3rd grade science teacher the book was lying, but she insisted it was the truth!
  18. toes macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2002
    +1 to that. I am much more interested in convenient ways to share documents from the iPad with other handheld devices (outside of iOS) wirelessly. It's a pain that we need a shared WiFi network and both devices connected to it or not-so-convenient Bluetooth. I hope Apple quickly adopts the new WiFi standard allowing device to device transfers.
  19. hachre macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2007
    Man, the person who asked Jobs this question should have really made it more precise. Of course AirPrint hasn't been pulled. What might have been pulled is the Mac OS / Windows Printer Sharing ability that AirPrint offered... Now we know the exact same thing as before.
  20. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Yeah, I'm not quite sure why people can't get the concept of being specific. Airprint has not been pulled. People should know that based on the original story. What they should be asking is, if Airprint will work to shared printers still.
  21. mambodancer macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2004
    Going back to look at the original iOS 4.2 announcement but I don't recall anyone ever saying specifically that wireless printing was supported through a shared printer in OSX or Windows on a Mac or PC. I always took it to mean wireless printing through either an Airport connected shared printer or a Wifi printer supporting Airprint.

    Does anyone have a link that actually stated that this feature was OSX or Windows shared printer specific?
  22. tripjammer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
    It was never pulled...this was just somebody making up crap....We will all be happy on friday.

    It works in all the betas....
  23. dg28com macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    Canon MG6150

    Just as an aside, I am happily printing to my wireless Canon MG6150 using Canon's own app - trouble is it is limited to photos!
  24. skeep5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2006
    thank goodness. i need to airprint all the time, like when i go paperless on all my bills. oh wait...

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