Yesterday’s report that AirPrint was being scrapped on shared printers on both Mac and PC had Apple fanboys up in arms. The wireless printing function is part of the imminent iOS 4.2, and is set to allow iOS users to print wirelessly either to a dedicated HP printer or to any machine via Mac and PC.
However, chatter yesterday suggested Apple was dropping support for the latter, essentially making AirPrint a niche feature rather than the headline grabber it was back at Apple’s iOS event in September.
But now Steve Jobs has weighed in, replying to an email which asked whether AirPrint was being scrapped and if Cupertino was now in the business of releasing vaporware. Jobs said, “AirPrint has not been pulled. Don't believe everything you read.”
Of course, this doesn’t tackle the central issue of whether AirPrint has been killed off for Mac and PC. We know it’s coming with iOS 4.2, but it seems no one is sure whether it’ll be a hamstrung version, supported by a handful of HP printers.