Apple seems to be accelerating its planned obsolescence program for all of its mobile devices these days. When AirPrint was first announced as functionality that allows you to print to networked printers directly from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, Apple boasted that it would arrive for all iOS devices right down to their second generation iPod Touch with the next major iOS 4.2 release.
It is very unlikely that Apple would announce this unless they knew it was possible. Although Apple does seem to be making a few more web site related gaffs than normal as it struggles with its incredible growth as a company.
As of today, Apple have updated their roadmap for AirPrint, and that update was by way of dropping support for the iPod Touch 2nd Gen.
Earlier devices have already been denied multitasking, and GameCenter, and not everyone agrees with Apple’s assertion that these older iOS devices are incapable of supporting these new features. Certainly those of us that peruse the dark mysterious corridors of other app stores from time to time have been known to stumble upon some apps that seem to contradict Apple’s strict view on their device capabilities.
There really is no reason for AirPrint being dropped from the 2nd Gen iPod Touch, other than to drive sales of newer units. Although I am sure if you spent enough time in close proximity to Steve Jobs he could probably convince you otherwise!
It seems that Apple is carefully controlling features of each new product iteration at the software level as well as the hardware level in an attempt to drive sales, and not have one product’s sales cannibalise anothers.
For those that want to have over the air printing with the next iOS release, and own devices made earlier than the 3rd Gen iPod Touch and the iPhone 3GS the only option now is to either upgrade, or hope that a jailbroken version of the next OS update can be mangled for their iPod or iPhone.. just like “iMovie for iPhone ” became iMovie for iPhone 3G and 3GS, and multitasking has been on all iPhones since the inception of Cydia.
Are you disgruntled that AirPrint is not coming to older devices? Have your say in the comments…