Feeds

Internet tethering spotted in iPad iOS beta

US users not invited

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Today's iPad rumor is that when iOS 4.2 is released for the iPad later this year, it may include the ability for 3G-capable versions of the "magical and revolutionary device" to provide internet tethering.

But only for some users — and not for stateside fanbois suffering the spotty slings and unhurried arrows of their struggling AT&T wireless connections.

9to5 Mac reports that a European tipster on 3's wireless service discovered a set of Internet Tethering setting fields within the APN network settings page of an iPad running a beta version of iOS 4.2.

iPad tethering option

A sight US iPad users may never see

Wired's Gadget Lab also turned up a screenshot of the same interface, provided by a UK user of T-Mobile's service.

According to 9to5: "This tethering appears to be the type of tethering iPhones currently use versus tethering the iPhone's internet to an iPad." That latter option, true fanbois will remember, was nixed back in March of this year when none other than Steve Jobs Himself sent a one-word email message to a Swedish DJ who asked if tethering an iPad to an iPhone's 3G connection might be possible.

Jobs' answer: "No."

Unfortunately for US iPadders, however, 9to5 notes that the settings fields don't appear at all on iOS 4.2 beta–equipped 3G iPads in the US — that is, those using AT&T's wireless service.

To tether or not to tether? That is the question to be answered by wireless providers — and it appears that for Europeans, that day may arrive when iOS 4.2 ships.

For US iPad users, the answer is: "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.