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According to a report by an iPhone fan curious about the upcoming iPad of which the world seems so abuzz, the new iPad will not be able to be tethered to the iPhone. Apple head Steve Jobs, replied to the Swedish fan’s email request about the potential tethering with an emphatic no. While the current iPhone can be tethered to a computer with the iPhone 3.x software via either Bluetooth or USB, this requires the approval of the phone carrier itself and is not possible via WiFi. The current iPhone carrier in the United States, AT&T, does not permit tethering for the mobile device, but this could change in the near future depending upon the company’s ability to deliver on past tethering promises.
While tether abilities have not normally been a big focus for most users of iPhone and other Apple products, experts suggest that it could eventually become something important to these users as it has been a larger interest in European countries where the feature is expected. Bluetooth and other methods of tethering have been important in some respects for certain devices, but WiFi tethering is what many would prefer to see. The reason they are after this innovation is so that they can use the iPhone’s internet connectivity via a different device, something that would be quite handy for users who choose to browse the web in this way. Strategies of reverse tethering have not been supported, either, but more consumers would like to be able to use their devices in an interconnected way so this may change soon.