Unconfirmed: All iPhones Will Have Personal Hotspot Ability With iOS 4.3 (Updated)

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According to BGR—who's got a good track record with these things—iOS 4.3 will bring personal hotspot capabilities to all iPhones regardless of carrier. We already know Verizon's on board. What say you, AT&T?

The feature will almost certainly require carrier support, which means that AT&T could deny its users hotspotability. Otherwise, the feature is as we heard Verizon describe it: you'll be able to connect up to five devices over Wi-Fi to the phone's 3G data connection. As for when all this will happen, BGR's sources say that iOS 4.3 will hit technical acceptance in March. Just a couple months before iPhone 5, hrmmmm?

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Update: Okay then! iOS 4.3 is out in beta, and includes, yes, a personal hotspot setting. [BGR]

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You know, I really wish there was a way to do this now. Why hasn't the jailbreaking community come up with an app to let me tether my laptop to my phone, or use it as a hotspot for my friends? I'm sure if they did that, there would be at least 50 comments on this thread about how such an app already exists, and I'm a moron for not jailbreaking my phone to use it, but I just don't see them. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait until I can do it without voiding my warranty...