The ability for an iPad with iOS 4.2 to use a printer connected to a Mac or Windows machine for output is being pulled. An email from Apple to a developer was quoted as saying...
Support for AirPrint on Windows and Mac has been canceled. We will be in contact with you if another opportunity arises in the future.
This marks the second time, that I can think of, that a major feature promised for a product's release, the first time was the infamous AirDisk for Time Machine (now fixed), has been quietly pulled.
I understand that unforeseen things sometimes happen. It seems to me when Apple touts a major feature at an event to promote an upcoming product, if that feature is canceled or fundamentally changed, for whatever reason, Apple should, at the least issue a press release announcing that the feature is no longer part of the product as soon as it is known to them.
In this case, printers that support the feature natively will apparently still work. But very few printers do that.
Am I the only one that thinks this kind of thing reflects rather poorly on Apple. Not only from the standpoint of their inability to bring a promised feature to market, but the apparent willingness to potentially mislead consumers in regards to changed features in a product.
Or maybe I am being too harsh? I doubt anyone bought an iPad solely because they were promised to be able to print wirelessly to a printer connected to a Mac or Windoze box but still, it it just seems like poor form to me.