Alleged Jobsian email promises iPad printing
Biblical terseness: 'It will come'
According to Steve Jobs, one of the iPad's more-glaring deficiencies - its inability to easily print - will be remedied. Someday.
That is, if a thoroughly undocumented report from a MacRumors reader is to be believed. According to that unnamed source, an email sent to Jobs last Friday asking "Why no printing on the iPad? What gives?" was answered by The Man himself in typical Jobsian terseness: "It will come."
MacRumors provided no email-header evidence supporting the message's authenticity, as have other such missives regarding Ogg Theora, an App Store for the Mac, and trademarks, so we'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to trust its provenance.
If true, however, the ability to print notes, web pages, or documents created or edited in Apple's own Pages, Numbers, and Keynote productivity apps would be a welcome addition.
Currently, getting those documents to a printer requires syncing your iPad with iTunes running on a computer, or emailing the document to yourself, opening that email message on a computer, then printing it.
Clumsy, to say the least.
So, Mr. Jobs, if you're reading this (seeing as how you've been answering customer emails, it does appear that you have some free time on your hands), know that The Reg hopes this email is authentic and that easy iPad printing is on the way - and that "It will come" in the next iteration of the iPhone OS, version 4.0, scheduled to appear for the iPad this fall.
Oh, and Steve? This business of tossing out short, tantalizingly unprovable emails to the occasional fanboi? Brilliant marketing device, brilliant. Well-played - free coverage is always a good thing. ®
Of course you can print from it
No drivers necessary. :-)
Canon made a range of BN and CN laptops with built in bublejet printer. They haven't done so for quite a while.
The BN's were sold off to Morgan computers to clear Canon's warehouses as they were massively overpriced for what the then market would take. They were also releasing the CN range.
The CN's depending upon model had a b/w printer such as the CN500's (P120's) and they also had models with colour injets built in. The last one to my knowledge with a colour printer was powered by a P150 CPU.
They sold a lot of them off to members of staff on a Christmas special and others were held back and used by the service technicians for a while in order to be able to flash the ROMS on their copiers. They were given a P166 CPU based machine. They came with only Windows 95 and had to be upgraded to 98 even to support their own service support tool. They weren't Y2K compliant but it was a simple fix after the roll over date.
On most of the CN's the printer was built in to the docking station, which also held an Ethernet connection and had the option of a modem module being added.
The BN's were mainly 486 based machines with the printer built in to the body of the laptop. The very early ones only had greyscale displays.
The one really useful item as shown in the photo link you posted was their version of a trackerball/mouse which was hand held and worked very well, probably better than the touchpad on later CN's
For their day they were very useful machines, but typically of Canon at the time overpriced. after dropping the laptops they made a range of ultra-portable printers. No where near as convenient as it being built in to the base with no leads to worry about.
...early adopters get the shite.
So they buy at full price, then upgrade, at a cost.
Later adopters get the better version, for the same price or less.
This is and always will be the way. Let the idiots buy the shite, buggy & crippled version for twice the price of the later edition. Of course they will complain, but they are so dumb, they will repeat over and over again.
Re: It'll be no good...
Unless it can print to a non-existent printer? The 8512 shipped with a dot matrix. It was the 9512 that came with the daisy wheel.
Printing TO iPad?
What about the complete opposite? How about letting me print from any printer _to_ the IPad?