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.