updated 10:50 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010
Project said to be facing stability problems
Apple may be delaying AirPrint for Mac and Windows computers, according to an AppleInsider report. The company is said to be facing problems relating to compatibility and overall stability, pushing the project back indefinitely. Computer integration was initially expected to be available alongside AirPlay for iOS.
The company has yet to formally admit to the problems, but the removal of Mac and Windows references from lists of iOS 4.2 features has not gone unnoticed. Apple's developer site and iOS 4.2 golden master release notes no longer list AirPrint compatibility with shared printers on a computer.
AirPrint for iOS 4.2 appears to be ready for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Users will be able to wirelessly print documents or photos to compatible printers, which may be initially limited to five HP models. Unconfirmed reports point to Friday as a likely candidate for the iOS 4.2 release.