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Upgrading from Mac OS X 10.6.5 without AirPrint? Not for everyone

When I told you about the new features of iOS 4.2 and Mac OS X 10.6.5 , one of the most interesting for the user was undoubtedly AirPrint , Apple’s new wireless printing system for its mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

To work, AirPrint requires Mac OS X to recognize your connection protocols so we can print our documents to any connected printer. Unfortunately, after the official release of the latest operating system update, this functionality seems to have been delayed. The golden master in iOS 4.2 still shows the option to print but it simply does not work .

Upgrading from Mac OS X 10.6.5 without AirPrint? Not for everyone
Upgrading from Mac OS X 10.6.5 without AirPrint? Not for everyone

On the other hand, and in a rather mysterious way. It seems that AirPrint is indeed working for users with iOS 4.2 GM who upgraded to the final version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 from one of the earlier betas. This is the case of Flickr user TalkaboutDesign, whose screenshots you will find below following the printing process step by step.

It remains to be seen what will happen after the imminent release of the final version of iOS 4.2, and whether AirPrint will behave differently from the golden master, which would be extremely strange given that traditionally this version for developers is by definition identical to the one that is finally released.

Some rumors suggest that Apple may have decided to remove this feature from Mac OS X by limiting the operation of AirPrint to specifically supported printers rather than extending it to any of the printers connected to the computer. This could be due to the developmental issues involved, especially due to the desirable compatibility with Windows environments, but clearly it is a key building block in making AirPrint more real than anecdotal.

For now, the ones that are sure to be fully functional are the HP ePrint printers , specifically the twelve models of the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series that have been released this autumn. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t stop there.