Chromebooks and iPhones? Stranger things have been paired. Google is working on making iPhones and Chromebooks more compatible with a USB tethering update Now, while Chrome OS devices can do wireless tethering with both iPhones and Android devices, wired tethering has been limited to Android phones only.
Google is updating the operating system in hopes to integrate iPhone tethering through USB. This means that users won’t have to use the battery draining hotspot feature to use their phones’ data while mobile.
The Chrome OS team lists the benefits as:
iPhone tethering through USB consumes less battery than wireless or Bluetooth tethering and is much safer. Based on user reports, it is also more reliable than Wifi tethering.
For the few users using iPhones and Chromebooks in tandem, this should be a welcome change. Chrome OS already offers features that make working with Android devices more pleasant than otherwise, this is a much-needed reach to the other side.