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iPad To Come With Printing Capability

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has confirmed that customers will be able to print from their iPads, though he has yet to specify a date.

Responding to the email query: "Why not printing on the iPad? What gives?", Jobs replied via iPhone: "it will come".

Productivity suite iWorks is currently the most popular paid-for service for the iPad, indicating that consumers are using the tablet for more than just entertainment - and increasing the need for printing capabilities.

The iWorks support pages contain the line "Printing directly from iPad is not currently available" - hinting that the feature might be added at a future stage.

There's currently no easy way to print from the iPad, other than e-mailing the document to a computer with printing capabilities.

There are also questions over how the iPad will connect to a printer in the first place.

Maybe the answer lies in the next version of the iPhone OS 4.0 platform, due to be launched within the next few months.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.