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iPhone tethering, Touch Bluetooth slip in Q&A

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue March 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Q&A session

In a question-and-answer session following the main iPhone 3.0 announcement, Apple has revealed several facts relating to the new firmware. It will for instance become available in the summer for both iPhones and iPod touches, though as in the past, Touch owners will have to pay $10 to upgrade. Apple has typically blamed accounting rules for the cost of significant Touch software changes.

The second-generation Touch may also gain Bluetooth compatibility, says Apple's Greg Joswiak. The player is believed to already have support for the wireless protocol, even though it is not enabled; Joswiak comments that Bluetooth functionality should be unlockable, though he has declined to go into specifics. It remains known however that neither the iPhone nor the Touch will be able to do peer-to-peer iPod library streaming, at least not without a third-party app.

Greatly important to some iPhone owners could be tethering support, allowing the use of an iPhone as a cellular modem. Apple has previously cracked down on tethering applications, generally at the behest of carriers like AT&T, which may be concerned about bandwidth. The technology is now integrated into iPhone 3.0, though Joswiak comments that Apple is negotiating with carriers individually to determine availability.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod touch fee...

    Not much for all the new features, although iPhone owners benefit more from the new features than Touch owners. Seems unfair and Apple lies about accounting gobbledy- g*** and alienates more good customers. At least we non-iPhone users aren't being raped monthly by AT&T. I will never buy an iPhone until there is some competition between carriers, and lower prices. I've also left Verizon for a PAYGO phone. Shoulda done that years ago.

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  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple miscalculated

    My Dell netbook arrives tomorrow, shortly to be hackintoshed. Big miss by Steve-O on whether there would be a demand for netbooks. So if they come out with one this year, well, I've got mine already.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Apple miscalculated

    I'm not sure people who rip their stuff off are high on Apples list of potential customers.

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you're getting a dell!


  1. zimbardo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Accounting is cause...

    I don't know if anyone remembers the accounting scrutiny Apple was put through after the back-dating scandal. As this charging practice was advised by the auditors, we have only the accounting regulators and law firms from Apple shareholders to blame.

    Accounting rule SOP 97-2 is complicated, but this charging method prevents Apple from delaying accounting for revenue from products when the fully capable software is not ready.

  1. wymer100

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't have a lot of problem with Apple charging $10 for this upgrade for touch users. There are a lot of nice features. I figure it's like buying a $10 app that gives a bunch of new capabilities to the touch. Besides, if you don't want to spend the money, you don't have to and not upgrade.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: $10

    Don't have to upgrade? You sure? When will Apple stop supporting OS 2.0 apps?

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