Apple has released Beta 4 of iPhone OS 4 and it’s accompanying Software Development Kit. This of course is the fourth incremental release of the developer tools and OS that Apple introduced to developers in early April. The final product is expected to released sometime this summer for all but the earliest iPhone and iPod […]
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Apple Releases iPhone OS 4 Beta 4 to Developers, Internet Tethering Coming to U.S. Users Soon?

Apple has released Beta 4 of iPhone OS 4 and it’s accompanying Software Development Kit.

This of course is the fourth incremental release of the developer tools and OS that Apple introduced to developers in early April. The final product is expected to released sometime this summer for all but the earliest iPhone and iPod touch models. The new OS is also expected to be released for the iPad sometime “this fall.”

Now, the new tidbit found in this release, is one involving internet tethering and AT&T. Yes, it seems AT&T customers may finally be able to tether their iPhone’s data connection to another device, say, a notebook. This feature has been burning request for many iPhone users for some time, and was even promised to arrive by the end of last summer. That obviously did not occur, even though, most other iPhone carriers around the world have had internet tethering since the introduction of iPhone OS 3.0 last summer.

No, instead we now find hints in the new iPhone OS Beta that suggests that may soon allow their customers to tether. Some developers have pointed to a page that alerts AT&T customers that they need to contact AT&T at 611 or visit the company’s website to set up internet tethering.

I’ll wager AT&T charges an unseemly amount for Internet Tethering, simply to keep subscription number low because their network can’t handle the traffic they have now, let alone heavy internet usage through tethered notebooks.

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