One of the unfortunate aspects of a Wi-Fi only iPad is the lack of a GPS chip, which is only included in the 3G models that cost $129 more. However, it appears that tethering your iPad to your iPhone allows the tablet to also receive accurate GPS data as well.
To share your iPhone's mobile internet connection head to Settings>General>Network there you'll see Set Up Personal Hotspot. You'll be able to share your Internet connection via Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth. But, before you start spreading your Internet connection like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, you'll have to contact your carrier to set the service up and check on their prices.
While AT&T hasn’t had much to say about the iPhone 4’s new Personal Hotspot feature since it was unveiled in January with the Verizon model, the company has finally broken its silence and confirmed that the feature will indeed work with next week’s iOS 4.3 update.
Following Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2 at a media event in San Francisco, the company moved on to finalize details on the next version of iOS which is coming on March 11 to accompany the new device.
It’s not likely that existing AT&T iPhone 4 owners were too jealous when Verizon announced they were getting the device -- at least not until the company showed off the new Mobile Hotspot feature. As it turns out, if you happen to be running a beta of iOS 4.3, you can access it from AT&T as well.
The very first time we laid hands on a Verizon iPhone 4, it took us about 0.00000004 seconds to fire up the Settings app and dig into the Personal Hotspot feature. How's that for speed? Can you hear me now, and so on?
The good news: Personal Hotspot works really well, and a monkey with an ice-cream headache could have it set up in seconds.
The bad news: It requires an extra $20/month charge, on top of your (required) voice and data plans, and (optional) texting. And AT&T users don't have it yet.
Ever since Verizon announced their own iPhone 4 last month, those of us who have been with AT&T all these years nashed their teeth when they saw Apple unveil the Personal Hotspot feature, which turns your device into a MiFi. So when will this feature come to AT&T?