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iOS 4.2 beta 2 bringing tethering to iPads?

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Wed September 29, 2010

iOS 4.2 beta 2 may tether non-US iPads

Apple's recently released iOS 4.2 beta 2 may bring 3G tethering to the iPad for the first time as a finding this evening may have confirmed its existence. A Swedish user noticed that the APN Settings section in Cellular Data has a separate Internet Tethering category that asks for the APN, username and password separately from regular access. The same raw settings were in iOS before it had its finished tethering interface, 9to5 Mac noted.

US testers to date aren't known to be getting the tethering option, hinting that AT&T either isn't ready or isn't willing to attach tethering to iPads. It has already characterized the $30 prepaid plan as a major break from its past approach and may not be prepared to concede on a tablet as it has with the costlier to use iPhone.

The feature is most likely to be a straightforward adaptation of iPhone tethering to the tablet rather than a mobile hotspot function, such as in Android 2.2 and some customized Android 2.1 phones. One of the most heavily requested features so far has been iPhone-to-iPad tethering, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs has so far shot down mobile-to-mobile tethering for the near term.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bluetooth tether please!!!

    The ability for the iPa/iPod to tether to another device for internet service would be a killer feature. Even if not to the iPhone, I don't care. I can get better data service on a crappy phone with my carrier and then tether an iPod or iPad to it and use it that way. Apple has nothing to lose by offering this. AT&T is the one that would lose out on subscribers.

  1. facebook_Jonathan

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2010


    use Limera1n, Cydia, and MyFi 4.0 for iPad tetheri

    If you have the nerve to JB the iPad you can get tethering right now. You will need to download Limera1n.exe on a Windows PC to jailbreak the iPad, even if you use a Mac for your regular iPad operations.

    It is suggested that you backup your SHSH Blobs using "Tiny Umbrella", and do a full iPad backup in iTunes before you begin the jailbreak.

    I do not endorse breaking the Apple warranty, however it appears the iPad has a lot more features, Apps, and functionality once it has been unlocked.

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