Since the iPhone was first released, users have been clamoring for the ability to tether their iPhones to laptop computers when a wi-fi signal isn't available. And always looking to please the masses, AT&T over the past few months has consistently promised tethering functionality was on the way, only to soon pull a 180 and recant their position.
Now granted, AT&T's well known connectivity issues in densely populated metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco suggests that it may be a smart move for AT&T put tethering on the back burner for now. But who are we kidding - the iPhone has been out for nearly 3 years now, and if carriers overseas allow tethering for an extra monthly fee, then why can't AT&T do the same?
But how does this all relate to the iPad?
Well, the wi-fi version of the iPad is poised to hit store shelves on April 3, and given that a large number of interested purchasers for the device presumably own iPhones, it's only natural to wonder if AT&T will enable users to tether their iPhones to the iPad. Now seeing as how a wi-fi version of the iPad will soon be accompanied by a 3G equipped iPad with service supplied exclusively by AT&T, there's really no reason why AT&T would permit iPad tethering when it can make some extra cash with month to month 3G contracts on the 3G enabled iPad.
Still, that didn't stop one enterprising Swede from sending an email to Steve Jobs asking for clarification on the matter.
9to5Mac points us to the Swedish language website Slashat.se where Jezper Soderlund writes that he fired off an email to Steve Jobs asking if the wi-fi only version of the iPad will support tethering via the iPhone.
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[a famous DJ in his own right]
Now you may recall that Steve Jobs is a man of few words, and his tersely worded email responses have almost taken on a life of their own - but he's really outdone himself this time.
Responding to Soderlund's email, Jobs simply wrote, "No."
Just one word. Short and sweet. Simple, and to the point.
While it's always exciting to email the CEO of a major corporation and get a response, Jobs' penchant for pithy emails is amusing to the extent that he almost seems like the CEO version of a magic 8 ball.
Q: Will the iPad support tethering?
Q: Will the iPhone support Flash?
A: Don't count on it
Q: Do you hate Google CEO Eric Schmidt?
A: Better not tell you now
Q: Should I wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle?
A: Ask again later.