Apple have silently changed the details of AirPrint support since the release of iOS 4.2 Beta 2 last week. Originally the AirPrint capability was listed by Apple as supporting the iPod touch 2nd Generation when it was announced back on the 15th September:
AirPrint will work with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (second generation and later).
After the release of the latest iOS Beta the press release has now been changed to read:
We're talking iOS 4.2 beta 2 and the new Apple TV, asking what are iPhone 3,2 and 3,3, SHAttering Jailbreak exploits, and wondering if Android will end OS innovation. No muppets will be hurt in the making of this podcast, folks. This is iPhone live!
iOS 4.2 beta 2 for iPad, when used on some European carriers, is popping up Internet Tethering settings similar to those on iPhone. Since it's not showing up everywhere, and certainly not in the US, could this mean only certain geographies will be getting the feature, or is it just some accident in the firmware or carrier file update that's causing it?
AirPrint is Apple’s wireless printing service. By the time it ships with iOS 4.2, it should be able to send pages from your iPad or iPhone to almost any printer on the same Wi-Fi network, or to certain printers directly (HP ePrint have already been announced). Needless to say, this answers one huge piece of previously missing functionality. (The one it doesn’t answer, and still isn’t answered, is easier file transfer and sync).
Currently, in order to test AirPrint, you need iOS 4.2 beta, Mac OS X 10.6.5 beta, and a network attached printer. Oliver Haslam from the I-Blog had all three so he put together a video, after the break.
iOS 4.2 beta for iPad is here! This is not a drill. I repeat, iOS 4.2 for iPad is here! We're also talking AirPlay uber cable, fine young netbook cannibalization, rumors of iNewstand and Microsoft apps. We've got Ally with us, and this is iPad live!
iOS 4.2 for iPhone brings with it a new Voice Memo icon and with it the most drastic redesign of a built-in iOS app icon to date.
Yes, Calculator got a facelift recently, but it retained that pseudo-realistic look and feel Apple used for the other "utility" apps, like Compass and Camera. Voice Memo goes from faux microphone to strictly white icon, similar now to Phone or iPod, but without the diagonal pin stripe. If it was in the dock it might fit, but grouped in the default Utility folder, it kind of sticks out.
Complete feature guide to Apple's iOS 4.2 beta for iPad
iOS 4.2 is the grand unification update, the software that brings iPhone, iPod touch, and for the first time, iPad all onto the same version number and at the same time. Yes, it's the one firmware to rule them all.
Announced during Apple's 2010 special music event, its in beta as of September 15, and will become available to the public sometime in November. For iPhone and iPod touch already running iOS 4.1, the feature list is short. For iPad's that have been running iOS 3.2 since launch back in April, the change is nothing short of a revelation. Multitasking, folders, and unified inbox from iOS 4.0 join Game Center and TV show rentals from iOS 4.1, and add in AirPlay video sharing and AirPrint wireless printing fresh to iOS 4.2.
If you're interested in iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPod
And we're going to take you through it, after the break!
iOS 4.2 is in the house! We'll save the iPad stuff for Sunday but we're talking all about, AirView, find in Safari, and AirPrint -- except for iPhone 3G. Plus, Steve Jobs, Cupertino Ninja, Unreal UDK out for iOS, free iPhone case programs a changing!