iOS 4.2 Beta 3: Apple Removes Tethering Options For iPad; Adds New iPad Wallpapers

Tethering on iPad

Developers who have had access to the beta version of iOS 4.2 have uncovered a number of surprising enhancements in the past.

In late September, we had reported that the beta 2 version of iOS 4.2 contained new options in the Settings app that will allow users to tether the 3G data connection on the iPads to other mobile devices like laptops.

The excitement surrounding this discovery however appears to be short-lived. We are now hearing from developers that Apple may have scrapped this tethering functionality as it is no longer available in iOS 4.2 beta 3 that was released earlier this week as you can see in the screenshot below:

Tethering on iPad

It is not clear why Apple has removed the feature. It is being speculated that the company could offer tethering quite selectively on a few carriers thereby hiding the feature on iPads serviced by other carriers. It is worth noting that Apple has already begun to expand its iPad offering to multiple carriers in the US with Verizon scheduled to start selling the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad starting October 28.

It is also possible that the engineers at Apple may have mistakenly included this functionality on the iPad since a similar feature is already available on the iPhone

Some of our readers had commented that they would ideally prefer to tether iPhone's 3G data connection to the iPad. 

Meanwhile, developers have discovered some minor enhancements in the latest beta version of iOS 4.2. Folks at 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple has added new wallpapers for iPad users (accessible via the settings app) in iOS 4.2 beta.

Check out the video of the new iPad wallpapers below:

You can checkout our iOS 4.2 new features roundup article for more details.

Steve Jobs had revealed at Apple's September 1 special event that iOS 4.2 will be released in November.

Do you like the new features included in iOS 4.2? Are you looking forward to the iOS 4.2 update? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • Zak

    Sounds lame

  • mk

    Ipad image shows cellular data option to set APN settings..!! but I dont see APN settings even after jailbreaking or unlocking in iPhone 4 or 3g or 3gs. Is apple adding it back in iOS4.2?

  • Jeevs

    nothing exciting.