Steve Jobs reportedly emails customer about iPad printing: ‘It will come’

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Since Steve Jobs has taken it upon himself to answer customer queries, he becomes a frequently cited source for what Apple is working on,” Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors.

Kim reports, “According to one reader, Steve Jobs replied to an email asking why there are no printing capabilities on the iPad. Steve Jobs reportedly replied ‘It will come.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Duh, of course, with an easily updatable iDevice, whether it’s an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, of course software updates will allow Apple to add obvious features not ready for the original launch.

  2. I love Apple stuff, but am not honestly that technically literate.

    One thing I was wondering is if the iPad could be made to use bonjour for its printing and then could rely on Macs or PCs on the network for its drivers. That way precious iPad hard drive space wouldn’t be taken up by drivers you never or rarely use.

    I figure if you’re printing something, it’s got to be a friendly network to begin with so you could set up a quick configuration process.

    Just curious if anyone knows how possible that would be . . .

  3. One step at a time toward the destination of replacing the MBP laptops. When it’s done and we are all carrying around this tablet in a sleeve with a drop down keyboard, can we please drop ‘revolutionary’ from its name?

    The only magic is what’s in Steve’s finger tips changing our lives – not making it better in the case of this gadget but, just like good little lemmings, we head for the edge of the cliff chanting praises as we go.

  4. So nice to have a system that is trim and basic and to which can be added those things that we decide we need. My iPad is now indispensable. Printing will make it even more so. In trying to be all things to all people, other manufacturers, in cahoots with Microsoft, produce bloated, sluggish monstrosities. It feels so good to use the amazingly fast and useful iPad.

  5. Crippled laptop,
    No. It’s more about shifting our armamentarium from desktop/laptop/iPhone to desktop/laptop or iPad/iPhone.

    The desktop computer and it’s portable brother are going nowhere. The iPad is more about consumption than creation, for now. The later is slowly being brought along.

  6. Use Bonjour? Sure, why not. If you can do it from a Mac, you should be able to implement the same concept on the iPad. However, if you want printer specific formatting you’d need a print driver, which on SnowLeopard downloads automagically when you need a new one.

  7. “Duh, of course, with an easily updatable iDevice, whether it’s an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, of course software updates will allow Apple to add obvious features not ready for the original launch.”

    And until it does, Leo Laporte will be bitching.

    And when it arrives, he will downplay its importance “Took them long enough to get the damn print to work!!”

    And so it goes… endlessly pessimistic, and never satisfied, are the tech aficionados.

  8. Search “printing” in the App store. I found 16 iPhone and iPad apps. Didn’t take time to read the details, but I’m sure you can find one that will suit your needs.

    It’s all in the apps.

    My son had a friend at school show him his Droid phone. He said, can your dad’s phone do this? He then help up his phone and turned slowly around while the screen showed the surrounding area with names of stores and restaurants superimposed on the screen in relative position to where they really are. My son didn’t have an answer. He didn’t know that it was just an app (probably similar to “AroundMe” app that I have on my iPhone).

  9. I am waiting for the iPad version of Print Magic. I have tried the trial iPhone app and it is awesome. Dont know how they do it but it works like “magic”. Prints to any printer on any network. Well, I have not tested every printer nd every network but it worked for me.

    Oooops! Just checked and the iPad version is now available. This is what I have been waiting for.

  10. Man, you mean that one day it will be possible to actually print from the iPad?? WOW this is truly revolutionary!!!!!!!!!!!!! What next? Maybe “Numbers” will one day be able to save in a format that someone actually uses!!!

    Thanks Steve – this is a real game changer!! Magical!

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