Steve Jobs Says AirPrint Has Not Been Pulled

In the past few days some details/rumours about AirPrint support in iOS 4.2 being partially pulled went around the Internet. The original rumours hinted at AirPrint not supporting printers shared on a Mac or Windows computer which left many reporting that only five current printers from HP would actually be compatible with the service. One upset user of MacRumors emailed Steve Jobs to see what was going on…

Q: As a release-day purchaser of an iPad, I was elated when you revealed iOS 4.2 would support AirPrint. Now comes reports AirPrint support has been pulled from 4.2. Between announcements/assurances of the white iPhone, and now the pulling of AirPrint, is Apple going to lose credibility and become known for announcing “vaporware”?

A: AirPrint has not been pulled. Don’t believe everything you read.

Before we look at the reply, its important to note that the wrong question was essentially asked. What should have been asked was if AirPrint will still work with printers shared on a PC or Mac. Our understanding of the “rumour” was that only shared printing possibilities were pulled and that rather than it being an iPad or iPhone issue in iOS 4.2, it was actually an OS X 10.6.5 issue.

So, we are really left none the wiser at this point in time and basically just need to wait another 27 hours or so for iOS 4.2 to be officially released so we can test for ourselves.

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