For months, I have yearned for the day that my iPad and iPhone would be updated with iOS 4.2, giving them amazing printing and media streaming skills. But when I finally got it all loaded up, I came to realize that the OS only delivers on all promises if you spend a small fortune on a bunch of new stuff.
Look over the promo for the long-awaited iOS 4.2 firmware update: AirPrint! Print e-mail, or Web pages, or photos, straight from the iPad over Wi-Fi. "There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect." Nope, but there is the matter of owning one of the compatible printers, a very small list of HP models, starting at around $70. I was dismayed to find out that the HP I currently use, barely a year old, didn't make the cut