iPhone OS 4.0 Might Bring Direct Printing Support To iPad, iPhone And iPod Touch
Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted has pointed out that the support pages of iPad's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps states that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available" instead of stating that the feature is not available, which indicates that the direct printing support could be introduced in iPhone OS 4.0.
Currently iPad users need to send their documents to a computer to print them either via email or using iPad's new File Sharing feature in iTunes, which seems quite lame. Ideally users should be able to print the documents from the iPad itself.
Since Apple has stated that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available," rather than stating that it is not possible to print from these iPad apps, there is a possibility that Apple will introduce the direct printing feature in iPhone OS 4.0, which is being previewed tomorrow.
We already have iPhone apps on the App Store that allow users to print over Wi-Fi. But it makes more sense to have the printing support at OS level rather than at an application level so that the printing feature could be used in the other iPhone apps such as Mail, Safari etc.
It will also be interesting to see if the printing support will be via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Bonjour.
This one definitely goes into our iPhone OS 4.0 wish list.
What do you think?
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