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Steve Jobs Confirms iPhone Cannot Tether With iPad

Steve Jobs Confirms iPhone Cannot Tether With iPad

Posted March 6, 2010 at 12:04am by iClarified
In response to an email from a Swedish Apple fan, Steve Jobs has confirmed that the iPhone cannot tether to the iPad.

I'll keep it short.

I'm Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I'm also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question:

Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?

Two devices, based on the same OS, with already built-in technology to share one data plan suggests a secondary contract could possibly be redundant.

From the look of your keynote, where the iPad sits well between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I was hoping the three of them could interact as seamless as possible.

All the best,
Jezper Söderlund



Sent from my iPhone

Unsurprisingly, Apple and AT&T want customers to purchase network access and more expensive 3G version. Lets hope the device gets jailbroken quickly!

*Update: some of our commenters have correctly mentioned that MyWi can be used to establish a wireless hotspot for the iPad to connect to, although that would eat up the iPhone battery very quickly.

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Jay - March 6, 2010 at 1:49pm
Why would you think it could be? That means they would sell less of the 3G version! DUH!
rcall - March 9, 2010 at 9:05pm
Yeah, that would fall right in line with Apple's usual marketing strategy. Still though, as a Mac convert, one of my favorite things about my new MacBook is how everything works together so seamlessly.
Lael - March 6, 2010 at 12:36pm
MyWi is great I have it on my iPhone and there is no way it can't work. I've actually locked on the network on another iphone (iPhone to iPhone) so it should be great. Also its pure 3G network not dumbed down by the iPHone so you can hit some decent speed on my macbook using it. About the battery, I simply purchased the Richard solo battery pack which has 2 full charges and that puppy won't let your iPhone die under any circumstance so Im assuming that I will find a nice case I can stick the iPhone and Battery pack in and enjoy. Keep in mind there are still many wifi hubs so you won't be consistently running from your iPhone whenever you need to use the internet! :D
Joe Cole
Joe Cole - March 6, 2010 at 7:59am
The point I was trying to make was that, a man of his status should at least have the courtesy to write back in style instead of a one-syllable 'No'. People look up to this guy for inspiration but instead of inspiring, he's au contraire, in my opinion.
Jason - March 6, 2010 at 1:50am
If you have a jailbroken iPhone you can use MyWi to turn your iphone into a wifi hotspot, which you can then use your iPad to connect to that hotstop. And VOILA! you have tethered your iPad and iPhone successfully. It might not be blazing fast but it should work.
Matt - March 6, 2010 at 12:23am
The iPad doesn't need to be jailbroken (though it will, only matter of time) to make this happen... the iPhone is already able to create a wifi network from its 3G data connection with the help of a jailbroken app (forget the name, but it was talked about recently). There is nothing in the iPad to stop it from connecting to this (apparently normal) wifi hotspot.
mike - March 6, 2010 at 1:01am
It is called MyWi and it is great, i have it on my iphone 2g but it supports all models.
Marcel - March 6, 2010 at 3:22am
This is not oficial,just a bad rumor
bledu - March 6, 2010 at 6:18am
It is exactly whats' Jason was speaking about : MyWi on a jailbroken iPhone is a hotspot Wifi, so iPad could connect to it and use its modem without any jailbreak of the iPad.
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