iOS 4.2 Beta 2 Points to iPad Tethering
Well that sure didn't take long. iOS 4.2 Beta 2 is barely a day old and folks are already finding some interesting nuggets. As you can tell from the screenshot below, the new beta includes an option for Internet tethering, a feature that will allow iPad 3G owners to share their Internet connection with any ole' laptops they have lying around.
Now before you get all excited, there appears to be a caveat if you happen to live in the United States. 9to5Mac is reporting that the tethering option seen below is only visible/available on European carriers which means that AT&T customers may be out of luck.
Now we don't want to jump to conclusions until iOS 4.2 officially drops, but it's hard not to be skeptical of Ma Bell. If you recall, tethering on the iPhone was first made available when Apple released what was then reffered to as iPhone OS 3.0 back in June of 2009. The feature, however, was carrier specific, and while AT&T kept promising tethering functionality, they didn't get around to implementing tethering support until June 2010.
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