To repeat: why has Apple not provided for the iPad an ability to print text on paper? I just bought a Canon PIXMA MP495 because Apple and Canon both stated in various messages that one can print things from an iPad. But after struggling with installation procedures I have found very difficult to perform I see that the driver has to be installed through a Windows-based personal computer (PC) before the printer can be used for anything, then it can be used with the iPad ONLY TO PRINT PHOTOS! Yes, it can be used to print texts from my PC, but I bought an iPad to escape that discipline!
Apple has produced a fine product that should enable anyone to get more things done more conveniently and more quickly. The iPad can unseat PCs, nay it should.
One more thing: in the following box I am able to tell you that I am using the latest OS version!
Attempted to send to Canon 201204261217 Their "Contact us" rejected my attempt:
Your [PIXMA MP495] product description gave me the impression I would be able to print text and photos from my iPad, so I bought one from WalMart. When I opened the package I learned that it can be installed only from the CD included with the printer. My purpose in buying the iPad then the PIXMA MP495 was to abandon the MS Windows arena altogether. Now I find that I cannot, apparently because neither Canon or Apple have failed individuals such as myself by providing the driver or whatever is needed for iPad users. Surely anything that has been done for MS Windows can be done for iPad, please do so.
I do want to know why APPLE with their brilliant iPad and iPod offerings do not understand -or seem even to recognize- that users want, even need, to print on paper. Such is and has always been one reason I have used personal computers for more than 30 years. It is very frustrating that I cannot make such use of such an otherwise fine product.
I, and every other user of an iPad or iPod deserve a direct answer AND SOLUTION from APPLE.