iPhone 4.0 Beta Confirms Tethering Functionality
According to settings in the iPhone 4.0 operating system beta, something long-awaited may be coming to the iPhone: tethering.
Being able to connect an iPhone to a laptop and use the iPhone connection to surf the Internet on the laptop, or tethering, has long been a major point of contention for iPhone users. A large portion of them want it, but it has never been an option, mostly because of problems in the AT&T network.
And despite AT&T recently stating that its network is still not capable of handling iPhone tethering traffic, it appears that Apple thinks it will be a possibility soon. The beta of the next version of the iPhone operating system, iPhone 4.0 , was recently released, and early users have already discovered settings in the beta for setting up a tethering connection.
This does not necessarily mean that the iPhone 4G will have tethering when it launches, but it's a possibility. Even if it isn't available at launch, the presence of tethering functionality indicates it might not be much longer until iPhone users are tethering to their hearts' content.