The release of Apple's new iPhone OS 4.0 beta reveals the next version of the smartphone will likely offer data tethering, a feature long demanded by AT&T (NYSE:T) subscribers.
Tethering, which enables users to share their device's web connection with a laptop via a Bluetooth or USB connection, is already enabled in overseas markets. AT&T had delayed the capability indefinitely because the function threatened to exponentially increase traffic on the network. But according to developers who've downloaded the iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4 report a new configuration page for Internet tethering that tells AT&T customers to contact the operator or visit its website if they wish to activate the feature.
Back in November 2008, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega confirmed it was working on an official tethering application, but he never game a time frame for the release.
Apple announced CEO Steve Jobs will hold a keynote presentation at 10 a.m. PST, June 7, to kick off the company's worldwide offering. Although the company didn't provide any further details, Jobs has historically used the event to unveil the company's annual iPhone upgrades.
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