The much anticipated Verizon iPhone 4 announcement in the US brought three surprises for all of us:
- Revised iPhone 4 antenna design
- Personal Hotspot feature
- iOS 4.2.5
In Canada, we’ve had USB/Bluetooth tethering since it was available in iOS. The big feature we are all craving now is Personal Hotspot, which will essentially turn your iPhone into a MiFi device. Existing jailbroken iPhone users have had this feature through the brilliant app, MyWi.
Will Apple release Personal Hotspot in its next release of iOS 4.2.5? Apple has never released a version of iOS with version x.3, so my prediction is to expect Personal Hotspot when iOS 5 is previewed in the Spring, possibly during the rumoured announcement of iPad 2.
It’s not a matter of if Personal Hotspot is coming, it’s a matter of when. You can probably imagine the rage of existing iPhone users not having access to this great feature. iPhones should all be unified via iOS, and right now Verizon iPhone 4 users have the upper hand in both software and hardware. But maybe Apple will hold off just long enough to entice enough AT&T users to jump ship to Verizon, and sell a tonne of new iPhones. As for the rest of us we’ll have to keep waiting, or jailbreak to use MyWi in the meantime.