iOS 4.3 to get personal hotspot

After yesterday's announcement, tech bloggers questioned why the Verizon iPhone, running iOS 4.2.5, had a personal hotspot feature, allowing upto 5 devices to connect through WiFi.

According to bgr.com, a source confirms that Apple plans on releasing iOS 4.3 which will allow most iPhones hotspot wireless connectivity and 3G sharing. The new feature will allow anyone to toggle it on and off, and also allow for a WiFi-encrypted password for secure connections to your devices.

Although no further details have been released, such as an exact release date, the source did say March 2011.

Jailbreak users have been using this feature for months now, using a program called "MyWi", which enables users to connect their WiFi-enabled device to the iPhone wirelessly, sharing your 3G connection. BGR learnt that iOS 4.3 will be version 8F514b and the baseband version will be 04.08.00.

This feature is nothing new to Android users, where their supported devices can already turn into a mobile hotspot, utilizing their 3G and 4G connection to share with WiFi-enabled devices.

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it's still gonna cost money just like it does now unlike completely open and free wireless hotspotting in Android.

Cool, now I can use my non 3g iPad with my iPhones 3g connection on the go!
Really didn't expect this feature at all to be honest, I would have thought the ability to tether an iPad to iPhone would cause a drop in sales of the 3g iPad models....

I'm pretty sure AT&T will block this, or charge an insane amount for it (hooray for being double and triple billed for an Internet connection), or it will not work on anything other than the iPhone 4, or any combination of those.

Just remember, MyWi costs $20 and works similar. No extra money to spend on AT&T each month. No need to worry if it works on the 3G or 3GS.

This is called tethering is it not? Or is it Apple calling things differently as usual?

HTC phones have included this for a long time, very handy feature when out & about with a laptop and no free Wi-Fi around.

Exosphere said,
This is called tethering is it not? Or is it Apple calling things differently as usual?

HTC phones have included this for a long time, very handy feature when out & about with a laptop and no free Wi-Fi around.

They are combining this with the existing tethering feature... so yes, they used to call it tethering when it actually was (a one to one connection)... this feature will allow up to 5.

The article says most iPhones, but the original, 3G and probably 3GS will be unsupported, I'm fairly sure there are more of the older models than of the iPhone 4 so using the word "most" is a bit misleading.

thealexweb said,
The article says most iPhones, but the original, 3G and probably 3GS will be unsupported, I'm fairly sure there are more of the older models than of the iPhone 4 so using the word "most" is a bit misleading.

MyWi from http://www.intelliborn.com works on jailbroken 3G and 3GS models as well, so I'm guessing iOS 4.3 will support this feature on all three iPhone models (3G, 3GS, 4) as well as the iPad.

reidtheweed01 said,
my pre has done this for 1.5 years now but I am sure apple will claim it's some new feature.


But it is new, new to the iPhone! durh

How is a "hotspot" different than tethering?

Also, I heard MiFi had better battery consumption stats, somehow turning off the radio when not in use, as in between refreshing web pages.

ccoltmanm said,
How is a "hotspot" different than tethering?

Also, I heard MiFi had better battery consumption stats, somehow turning off the radio when not in use, as in between refreshing web pages.

There are now three ways to tether your computer to your phone (to use its 3G connection for Internet connectivity): USB cable, Bluetooth, and Wifi ... I suppose the difference is that Wifi is the only option that lets you share to five devices instead of just one, and it's the only wireless tethering option that will work without a bluetooth-enabled device (so if your laptop doesn't have bluetooth but does have wifi, which most do, then wifi is your only wireless option).

presence06 said,
*yawn* Android does it already.. ( just poking fun).

and yes Steve is gonna say that he reinvent this and it will be an awesome new feature in iOS

Panagiotis G. said,

and yes Steve is gonna say that he reinvent this and it will be an awesome new feature in iOS


To be fair, it is a new feature in iOS, and would be pretty awesome.

Northgrove said,

To be fair, it is a new feature in iOS, and would be pretty awesome.

Yeah, really apreciated for iOS. more and more features (from stock). we already have thetering.

Panagiotis G. said,

and yes Steve is gonna say that he reinvent this and it will be an awesome new feature in iOS

Dude, it's magical and revolutionary, at an unbelievable price...

...or not.

thealexweb said,
I this only comes to the iPhone 4 and the 3GS get abandoned once again I'm gonna be annoyed :@

Then you'd best prepare yourself for annoyance. My guess (READ: only a guess, no actual evidence!) is that since this feature will most likely drain battery like most SUVs guzzle gas, and require a bit more CPU and RAM, it's probably going to going to be iPhone 4 only.

cyberdrone2000 said,

Then you'd best prepare yourself for annoyance. My guess (READ: only a guess, no actual evidence!) is that since this feature will most likely drain battery like most SUVs guzzle gas, and require a bit more CPU and RAM, it's probably going to going to be iPhone 4 only.

Grrg that mywifi from cydia works fine on the 3gs to, Apple really needs to up its game in terms of supporting its older phones, yes new updates are offered for longer than on some platforms but there horribly crippled

thealexweb said,
I this only comes to the iPhone 4 and the 3GS get abandoned once again I'm gonna be annoyed :@
iOS 4 should support everything on the iPhone 3GS that the hardware supports. I would actually be surprised if Apple shot this down.

pickypg said,
iOS 4 should support everything on the iPhone 3GS that the hardware supports. I would actually be surprised if Apple shot this down.
I doubt Apple will shoot this down, but I wouldn't put it past AT&T to disable it on their iPhones.

I'm not familiar with this new feature so maybe a dumb question... does enabling this cause battery to drain a tiny bit faster or the fact the WiFi is enabled already have no impact on draining?

Rhialto said,
I'm not familiar with this new feature so maybe a dumb question... does enabling this cause battery to drain a tiny bit faster or the fact the WiFi is enabled already have no impact on draining?

It drains it a LOT faster, to the point where at least with MyWi, it uses more power than can be charged with a USB cable. Use wisely.

Rhialto said,
I'm not familiar with this new feature so maybe a dumb question... does enabling this cause battery to drain a tiny bit faster or the fact the WiFi is enabled already have no impact on draining?

Yes, it will drain battery.

Rhialto said,
I'm not familiar with this new feature so maybe a dumb question... does enabling this cause battery to drain a tiny bit faster or the fact the WiFi is enabled already have no impact on draining?

if wifi is on a chip that gets it's power cut/reduced when it's disabled/not in use, and you would normally not be using wifi unless you were performing such action... not sure myself but i would bet such would be negligible, as in not significant

Rhialto said,
I'm not familiar with this new feature so maybe a dumb question... does enabling this cause battery to drain a tiny bit faster or the fact the WiFi is enabled already have no impact on draining?
Using WiFi, without sharing, significantly reduces battery life. Adding in usage, this means that the WiFi chip is constantly working, which means more power draw, which leads to a reduced battery life.

IPv6 will be a nice addition once this rolls out. 1,000,000 iPhones = 1,000,000 Addresses + the devices that are connected to them. The remaining IPv4 adresses will drrrropppp!

Kaemon said,
IPv6 will be a nice addition once this rolls out. 1,000,000 iPhones = 1,000,000 Addresses + the devices that are connected to them. The remaining IPv4 adresses will drrrropppp!

What are you speaking about?!

Kaemon said,
IPv6 will be a nice addition once this rolls out. 1,000,000 iPhones = 1,000,000 Addresses + the devices that are connected to them. The remaining IPv4 adresses will drrrropppp!

N.A.T.

Kaemon said,
IPv6 will be a nice addition once this rolls out. 1,000,000 iPhones = 1,000,000 Addresses + the devices that are connected to them. The remaining IPv4 adresses will drrrropppp!
You need to look up NAT.

Hercules said,
You need to look up NAT.

Actually he has a point - My phone has it's OWN ip address for it's 3G connection - not some crap like isp.location.11-22-44 (which is NOT an IP address)

Minooch said,

Actually he has a point - My phone has it's OWN ip address for it's 3G connection - not some crap like isp.location.11-22-44 (which is NOT an IP address)

He does have a point. Most networks give their devices real addresses... and there are less than 100 million addresses left at the current rate of purchase, that's about a month until the IP4 Apocalypse.

Matt Hardwick said,

He does have a point. Most networks give their devices real addresses... and there are less than 100 million addresses left at the current rate of purchase, that's about a month until the IP4 Apocalypse.

No he doesn't, you connect to the phone which gives an IP address and NAT's the traffic therefore you are only using the same amount of IP addresses as the phone is the only one with the global IP address!

offroadaaron said,

No he doesn't, you connect to the phone which gives an IP address and NAT's the traffic therefore you are only using the same amount of IP addresses as the phone is the only one with the global IP address!

Do some research next time - MOST companies give each device a unique ip address - maybe not your crap carrier, but mine does, as do most (& no i don't live in the US)

Minooch said,

Do some research next time - MOST companies give each device a unique ip address - maybe not your crap carrier, but mine does, as do most (& no i don't live in the US)

Yes, they give you a unique IP because each tower is going to have its own set of address space to NAT out.

Ironman273 said,
The carriers will still be able to block it as they see fit. I'm looking at you, AT&T...

I'd typically say that myself, but considering AT&T now has hefty competition, and this feature is one sought after by many users, I'm thinking they will at least allow it, probably for a price though, this IS AT&T we are talking about here.

Ironman273 said,
The carriers will still be able to block it as they see fit. I'm looking at you, AT&T...

doubt it for two reasons.
1. AT&T has little to no control of what is on iOS. Apple has all the control. It is what they are known for.
2. It means more people will go over their limits for data plans which has a hefty fee on AT&T so its just more money for them.