Is hotspot tethering coming to the iPad? Steve Jobs reportedly said no back in March, however beta 2 of iOS 4.2 for iPad indicates otherwise.
According to a screenshot of beta 2 sent to 9to5Mac, Internet Tethering is hidden away within the APN Settings on the iPad 3G model. The new dedicated section allows the user to establish a username and password so that additional Wi-Fi devices can access the 3G network through the iPad. This setup is similar to what the iPhone featured before tethering received an official iOS interface.
For now, there’s no indication that the Wi-Fi version will receive tethering support in a future release, allowing it the ability to access the iPhone’s 3G service. As it stands now, the latest beta won’t connect to AT&T’s network; however it has successfully connected to 3’s 3G service over in the UK.
iOS 4.2 is scheduled to arrive on the iPad in November, packing features iPhone users have enjoyed since the release of iOS 4.0 (folders, multi-tasking). The update will also bring wireless printing (finally!), faster browsing, a redesigned black keyboard, and more to the iPad.
Does the iPad 3G really need hotspot tethering?