When a customer emailed Steve Jobs asking if it was possible to tether the iPhone to the iPad, his one word answer was, “no”. This response has made some people furious. For those who have purchased both of these Apple products, it just makes sense they should be able to use them together. Well here are 10 reasons you should reconsider your response.
- Save on fees – The main reason people want to be able to tether these two products is to save on WiFi connection fees. People who have iPhones can already pay a fee for this service to tether to their laptop, so why not their iPad?
- Promotes the iPad – What a great way for Apple to promote the iPad to people who already have an iPhone. By making an announcement to solve the tethering problem, they could boost sales.
- Looks bad – All this controversy just makes Apple look bad. People might start thinking twice about purchasing their products.
- Good vs. bad PR – Right now Apple is getting a lot of bad publicity about this, so allowing the tethering would be a good public relations move. What a good way to turn a negative into a positive for Apple.
- Looks greedy – Apple’s new iPhone 4 can be tethered to the iPad if you purchase the WiFi hotspot feature, but this makes them just look greedy. People don’t want to have to purchase a new phone when the one they already have works just fine.
- Need both – The iPad certainly doesn’t replace the iPhone. So if you want the added features of the iPad, you still want to keep your phone and you don’t want to have to buy a new one to use them together.
- No camera – The original iPad you doesn’t have picture taking capabilities like your iPhone. You would love to download your pictures and videos to the iPad which has a bigger and better screen, but you can’t unless you have an iPod.
- Do it anyway – Of course the techno-geeks have already found ways to get around this tethering problem and people are going to do it anyway. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
- Promotes dishonesty – So if people are going to find ways to avoid paying the addition fees anyway, could Apple actually be causing people to be dishonest? I’ll let you be the judge.
- AT&T vs. customers – Some people might see this as Apple considering AT&T more important than their customers. I don’t think that’s an image they would like to promote.
Most people are looking for ways to save money and get the most out of the stuff they already own. Apple should be doing their best to help the regular folks out instead of just trying to get them to buy more of their products.