One of the new feature Apple had been promoting for the upcoming iOS 4.2 mobile operating system was a feature called AirPrint, which would let you send print jobs from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad directly to a supported printer or to any shared printer on your home network as long as it was connected to a PC running Windows or OS X 10.6.5. But now it looks like Apple may have nixed the support for shared network printers.

MacStories has received a number of tips suggesting that you’ll be able to send AirPrint directly to of supported printers from HP. But Windows and Mac AirPrint support has been cancelled… at least for now.

Word on the street is that developers using earlier builds of iOS 4.2 and beta builds of OS X 10.6.5 were able to use AirPrint with shared printers… but that it may have been too buggy, causing Apple to cancel the feature for now. Hopefully if the rumors are true, they just mean that PC and Mac support has been delayed, not ended altogether. It’d be nice to be able to use AirPrint without having to buy a new printer.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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