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iOS 4.2 Beta is Live for Devs, iPad Printing Named AirPrint

Developers are a lucky lot. They get to play with Apple’s latest iOS before the rest of  us. Of course it’s beta software and they’re expected to write apps based on it, but it’s still a pretty cool gig.

Well developers, today Apple announced the immediate availability of iOS 4.2 beta. The latest version of the iOS brings multitasking to the iPad and the ability to print from the device. Dubbed AirPrint, according to Apple the feature requires no set up.

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

“We’re pleased to work with Apple to bring Apple’s AirPrint to our fall lineup of ePrint printers in time for the holiday shopping season,” said Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group. “Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant.”

If you’re rolling with the new, or relatively new, iPhone, don’t worry, you get to take part in the printing party. AirPrint supports the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and second generation or later iPod touch.

The final version of iOS 4.2 is expected to appear in November.


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