AT&T Says No iPhone to iPad Tethering

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iPhone owners hoping to use the recently announced tethering support in iPhone OS 4 to get their iPads online are in for a disappointment now that AT&T says they can’t. According to AT&T, it’s Apple’s fault because the iPad doesn’t include a USB port to connect to the iPhone’s dock cable.

AT&T also claimed the iPad’s lack of tethering support isn’t a policy-related issue, but instead is a problem Apple needs to sort out with the iPad and iPhone, according to TechFlash.

The iPad’s lack of a USB port, at least on the surface, seems like reasonable excuse for no tethering support, although the multimedia tablet does include a Bluetooth connection that’s capable of supporting tethering. Apple also sells its iPad Camera Connection kit that includes a USB port adapter — and the iPad has no problems connecting to the iPhone to offload photos.

AT&T is referring iPad tethering questions to Apple, and Apple is sticking to its usual tight-lipped policy. Since all the hardware pieces are in place, however, that doesn’t mean Apple and AT&T can’t implement iPhone to iPad tether at some point in the future.

Comments

KitsuneStudios

Well, if tethering isn’t coming out until 4.0, it would make sense to have bluetooth tethering enabled then.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that Apple isn’t enabling it to get people to upgrade to the cellular-capable iPads.

FlipFriddle

Methinks his Steveness can’t be happy about all of this AT&T negativity lately being associated with his company. I wonder if this orneriness on AT&Ts; part is sour grapes because they know he’s going to open the iPhone up to everyone next week.

ry

Screw you AT&T.  WiFi tethering works just fine for those of us who’ve broken out of jail. wink

MyRightEye

Verizon MiFi!

Bill

I will buy a cheap phone and 3G Ipad. The hell with ATT

Ronin

I suppose there is always the possibility of cloning the iPhone’s SIM card to one of the mini-SIM cards and using it with an iPad. Just don’t use them both at the same time.

cb50dc

I wonder if the 2nd or 3rd gen iPad will have internal USB anyhow.

As with probably all 1st gen tech products, I’d almost bet the planning includes explicit discussion of “What features will we leave out now, so that we can add it as an ‘improvement’ later?”

cb50dc

Methinks his Steveness can?t be happy about all of this AT&T negativity lately being associated with his company

Last I heard, Steve has over 40,000,000,000 reasons (as in $) not to give a flip about AT&T.

Ronin

I wonder if the 2nd or 3rd gen iPad will have internal USB anyhow.

As with probably all 1st gen tech products, I?d almost bet the planning includes explicit discussion of ?What features will we leave out now, so that we can add it as an ?improvement? later??

You are, no doubt, correct. The omissions seem so obvious as to defy any other logic. Mini-USB, HDMI (out), SDHC or Mini-SDHC card slot, limited Bluetooth capability to name but a few.

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