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iOS 4.2 including Airprint Released to Developers

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iOS 4.2 including Airprint Released to Developers

Well Steve Ballmer isn’t going to like this. When he needed to keeping analysts at bay regarding the delay to Microsoft powered tablets, Ballmer had promised that it would worth the wait as at least its version would at least offer printing out of the box.

Thing is, as demoed when he released iOS 4.1 Apple has now released a beta of Airprint iOS 4.2 capabilities to developers.

iOS 4.2, coming in November will enable iPad users, as well as iPhone and iPod touch owners, to automatically find local printers on the network and print to them without having to download software or install drivers, a trick dubbed Airprint. The first printers to support this will be HP’s ePrint range, due later this year. You can also send files to any make of printer as long as its shared on a Mac or PC.

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in a statement “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

When it arrives, iOS 4.2 will finally bring multitasking to the iPad as well as folders, a unified inbox and game centre, bringing it into line with the iPhone.

Additionally, Airplay will also enable users to wirelessly stream music from the iPad to an Apple TV or send music to Airplay compatible speakers and receivers.

Kingsley

September 17, 2010, 12:34 pm

Not an ipad user myself, but interesting enough ... a little editing to the front page link is in order please "you'll also be able to any printer via a computer"?

Retset

September 17, 2010, 1:14 pm

For the first time, this is a release that I don't care about: I have never wanted to print from my iPhone. Perhaps iPad owners feel differently? A few people at work have them but they are used for TV streaming, other media and reading apps (e-books, BBC news etc.). Never do I see them creating documents on them...

ronesh amin

September 17, 2010, 2:58 pm

I'm a little confused - isn't AirPlay essentially what most products have been doing by streaming content through Bluetooth anyway? i'm sure my brother has a sound system in his car that streams his music through bluetooth, rather than connecting them with a lead.

BOFH UK

September 17, 2010, 4:06 pm

One other correction: Airplay does video as well as audio, in fact that was the main use demonstrated at the keynote.





Really looking forward to iOS 4.2, there's some nice features and the initial reports of the beta are very encouraging. Also really hoping that Airprint (and technologies like it) takes off, a world without printer drivers would make life SO much easier.

GoldenGuy

September 18, 2010, 5:29 am

It's also good to see that they've implemented the multitasking bar on the iPad properly in landscape mode by having the icons readable the right way round. It'd be nice if they extended this trick to the Touch and iPhone - either put the bar along the bottom, or swivel them round where they are the now - because last time I was in the Apple Store it was a bloody pain too look at when you had a ton of stuff open.

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