The latest rumor circulating about the Apple tablet is that it may connect to the internet via connection to the iPhone. Now, before you throw the Sunday newspaper at your computer, punch a hole in the wall, or possibly commit a heinous crime in your justifiable rage, let's pause for a moment and reflect on how unlikely such a reality is to manifest and that this report, which was covered on Benzinga, probably represents the proliferation of false information.
This either has to be a horribly ill thought out rumor or hubris.
A tablet that uses AT&T's already strained netowrk through IPhone tethering strikes me as a materially unpleasant idea. It's true that current IPhones won't currently tether to a PC, but if you use a little bit of clever software the phones are perfectly capable of doing this.
The more data traffic Apple can channel through to a carrier, that's better for Apple and a tablet would certainly do that with ebooks, newspapers and heavier internet browsing. However, it's not clear that AT&T could take the traffic strain and it would almost certainly require a deal with another carrier like T-Mobile with its flimsy 3G network.
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