I see no logical reason why Steve Jobs has decided that iPhone tethering for wireless internet access to an iPad is a no go, but he has.
The succinct answer was communicated by Jobs via email (from his iPhone) to Jezper Söderlund of Sweden who emailed Jobs to ask, “Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?”
9to5Mac has both emails in question, along with email header information, and all indications point to the one word buzz-kill response being legit. You can read the text of the email inquiry and Jobs’ response below:
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]
Sent from my iPhone
The bottom line is that those of you who were hoping to buy the cheaper WiFi version of the iPad and tether your iPhone for 3G Internet access are out of luck.
I’d say that has pretty much screwed the iPad here in New Zealand where we are ripped off by our two biggest carriers for wireless data. This decision means essentially that the costly iPhone data plan would be applicable to the iPad. The idea of paying a per device monthly wireless Internet fee is suckful in the extreme. I call D.O.A.