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Steve Jobs reportedly says the iPad's ability to print 'will come'

May 10, 2010 | 11:42 am

Steve Jobs reportedly replied to an Apple customer's e-mail, saying that printing would eventually make its way to the iPad. IPad top

According to a report in MacRumors, Jobs responded to a customer who asked him why the ability to print wasn't available.

"Why no printing on the iPad? What gives?" the customer asked, according to the report.

Jobs' simple reply: "It will come."

Unfortunately, Apple's chief executive didn't give a time frame on how long it would be before the feature makes its way to the iPad. But one thing is certain: It should be coming sooner rather than later.

The ability to print is arguably one of the most glaring omissions in the iPad. Those attempting to print documents or e-mails will quickly find that there's no way to communicate with a printer. And although Apple has stayed relatively tight-lipped about the matter, it's becoming increasingly likely that the ability to print will come to the tablet. At this point, it's a matter of timing.

But before the rumor mill starts up, it's important to take caution with the MacRumors report. Jobs has been more frequently responding to customer e-mails lately, but there's still no easy way to authenticate the e-mail exchange. So like with anything Apple has yet to announce, a certain level of skepticism should be maintained until the feature is officially confirmed by the company.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

-- Don Reisinger

twitter.com/donreisinger

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