While the iPhone OS 4.0 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch is widely expected to bring many enhancements such as true application multitasking, the iPad in specific is now being rumored to support printing functions in the next firmware version.
The Apple support pages for iPad’s versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers each indicate that “printing directly from iPad is not currently available”:
Printing directly from iPad is not currently available. However, you can share iPad files in PDF, Pages ’09, and Microsoft Word formats with your Mac or PC. Once you share them, you can print these files from any computer that can open them.
“Not currently available” does not mean unavailable at all, and may indicate that printing support may debut alongside iPhone OS 4.0 this Thursday.
When users start up a Pages document on the iPad, the only way to print it is to send the document to a desktop computer that is attached to a printer. Printing from the iPad would greatly enhance the productivity of the device and the printing feature will likely encompass the use of Bluetooth or a local wireless network.
Luckily, we will not have to wait long at all to see if printing support makes its way to the new firmware, since the iPhone OS 4.0 event is THIS Thursday!
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