Originally Posted by melgross
Printing with the Mac or PC is the way printing apps for the iPad/phone work now, so that would be nothing new. I hope it's direct. I can print images or text, or combinations. These programs are pretty sophisticated. Check out PrintBureau.
But I mostly just want to print with a print button. I see no problem with including the USB port. It's up to Apple to decide how much support they will give it. There's no reason why they couldn't give full USB support, if they wanted to. They just don't want to, so far.
As for drivers, they could allow the downloading of any drivers the customer wanted. They have them all, and the ability to allow that. This is nothing too difficult from a technical standpoint. It's just a matter of will.
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?
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.
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.
I tend to agree with Sol on this, though, personally, I'd like the added capability MG describes.
I think I understand Apple's reasoning, though!
Consider these points:
--The drivers that Apple has don't exist for the ARM platform-- they would need to be converted and maintained separately.
-- As part of the forecast/pricing for every device they make, Apple includes the cost of support. Adding, somewhat-specialized features or function comes with a resource and support burden. To cover this Apple would need to raise the price or remove other function.
-- Finally, what sets many Apple devices, apart, from the competition is: that they choose not to do some things, badly; and choose to do a few things really well!
Will you, Sol or I ever get an Apple device that meets all our requirements? I suspect the answer is no! The real question becomes: can they get close enough to satisfy most people while meeting Apple's objectives...
The answer is a resounding YES!