Originally Posted by solipsism
I don't get this. The 30-pin connector already does USB signaling so why does it have to be replaced by Micro-USB or Mini-USB (the only two that would fit) just so some people can have printing while completely hurting the entire iDevice line of accessories and Apple's ability to push the use of the connector by limiting it to just USB signaling?
No one is asking that it be replaced. The question here is that with Apple knowing that there is demand for a USB port (and an SD port), and selling a kit with both for $30, a kit, by the way, that is so popular, that it's almost always out of stock the moment it arrives in the store, why couldn't they have simply added the USB port, at least, to the iPad? This is one situation where no one can say that there isn't plenty of room.
It would have been cheap to add. If battery usage was a problem, Apple could simply say that it won't power anything other than low power devices such as card readers, which is the case with the ports they are selling us anyway.
I don't get this either. Some of those print drivers are huge. I can't imagine anyone DLing hundreds of MBs for a print driver to use once when it's faster to send to a PC to print.
Most print drivers are small, no more than a few dozen KB. Without the specialized programs that we would be expected to use with them, large sophisticated drivers wouldn't be needed. I wouldn't expect to print to my Canon IPF5100, for example. Very few print drivers exceed 1MB. And Apple could make it so we only download those we need. Really, not such a big deal.
Apple clearly has positioned these devices to be portable, auxiliary computing devices, so unless there is a method that doesn't require a lengthy and archaic driver DL for each new printer I don't see this happening without the use of a 3rd-party app.
The delicious nature of Apple's small mobile devices isn't how limited they are, but rather how unlimited developers have made them. With a little help from Apple, they can take on far more.
Yes, if Apple is worried they will suck sales away from their more expensive products, and have artificially limited them for that reason, I can understand it from their viewpoint, but not from our viewpoint.
We will always want to do more than can be done. That's how progress is made.
If Apple worried that the Mac would suck sales away from the IIE, then we would possibly be using the same old interface. Supposedly, what has made Apple great, is that they don't worry about Cannibalizing their older product lines with new ones. If they lose Macbook sales, but sell two iPads for every one Macbook they lose, they're ahead.