Anyone who spends time on the move knows how handy it is to be able to tether your netbook/laptop/tablet-based computing device to your phone to enjoy some internet connectivity on a bigger screen.
The iPad – a delightfully mobile device if we ever saw one – looks to be just the sort of thing that would be perfect for hooking up to your iPhone.
After all, they’re made by the same people, so all the inter-connectivity and seamless interoperability has got to be just a click away, no?
In an exceedingly short email exchange between a Swedish fanboy and Lord Jobs, the Overlord of the Empire of Apple, the answer was laid out in terms that even a 2 year old would understand:
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,
And the answer from Herr Jobs?
Sent from my iPhone
So there you have it: yet another thing that Apple won’t let you do on a device you’ve spent your hard earned money on.
Thankfully, there’s loads of cheaper netbook alternatives that will let you do whatever you like. We’ll stick to those for now.