By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
September 15, 2010

Owners of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches will have to wait until November.

One of the features conspicuously missing in the iPad when it launched in April was a way to print documents. Five months later, early adopters are still waiting for Apple (AAPL) to deliver this most basic function.

So it didn’t help much Wednesday when Apple issued a press release announcing the release of a beta version of AirPrint — its wireless printing solution for iOS devices — but only for registered developers, and only to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) ePrint printers or printers shared with a Mac or PC.

According to Apple, the finished version of AirPrint will be included free in iOS 4.2, due in November.

In the meantime, a couple dozen third party solutions have appeared on the App Store. We’ve been using something called PrintBureau, with mixed success.

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