Originally Posted by Orlando
Personally I think the "workaround" is a legitimate feature request. Why would you want to spend more money on a 3G iPad and a second data plan if an option like tethering could be implemented?
I sort of agree with you both. Apple should allow this feature for people that own both
iPhones and iPads, but don't necessarily have a need for the dedicated and more expensive 3G model. Some people don't have a need for 3G data on iPad regularly, but may need 3G data for short periods of time, randomly. Perhaps once or twice every other month.
Let's just imagine that iPad had launched in a world where tethering was available on iPhone/AT&T with the current data caps. For the type of user described above, to not allow it doesn't make sense.
To me, it seems that whatever task you would normally have performed on your iPhone, would transfer to your iPad (e.g. reviewing, revising and uploading a file a colleague just sent you on Dropbox) while you're in a taxi, or on a construction site. Since the task is simply transfering from one machine to another, it's not as if you're suddenly using more data. You are simply accessing it on a bigger screen, within an app that's offering enhanced functionality beyond the iPhone version. Therefore it should be free, especially in light of the fact that their current $20 tether fee gives you NOTHING. No extra data bucket. NOTHING.
Putting the iPhone into hotspot/tether mode could be enabled with a simple toggle. Perhaps seamlessly by having iPad tell iPhone it needs a data connection. It adds value to the iPhone/iPad ecosystem and fits into Apple's design philosophy of simplicity, elegance, and ease.
How AT&T loses in any meaningful way....I don't see. The data caps are in place. If you abuse, you pay.
Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
Adding simple tethering/HotSpot can't be any more "complex" then simply trying to turn on/off Bluetooth -- something that should be easily accesible
I can't believe we've not seen this fixed. It can't be that hard to have key toggles pop up, or have them called upon via a gesture. Perhaps even as an overlay, Dashboard style.
I don't understand why they've yet to implement various elegant tech that ALREADY exists within OSX. Like Expose for example.