updated 11:55 am EST, Sat March 5, 2011
ATT unlimited on iPad 2, TechTool exits AppleCar
AT&T today offered a brief update confirming that it would still honor those with unlimited data plans for the iPad 2. The carrier is treating its tablet data much as it would other grandfathered plans and will let adopters of the new Apple tablet keep their service, an Engadget reader was told. Unlimited costs $30 per month and was only available for two months before AT&T began capping data with a cheaper 2GB plan.
Simultaneously, Macgasm on Thursday found that Apple has stopped bundling copies of TechTool Deluxe with AppleCare packages. The utility has been a mainstay of AppleCare boxes. Apple didn't explain the absence, but speculation has been raised that Apple may simply move to a downloadable copy since it would now have very little incentive to offer a physical box.
A downloadable copy might cause issues since the tool couldn't be used if the user forgets to download a copy and loses the Mac's Internet connection. It could theoretically move to a USB drive so that MacBook Air users could get it and use it offline.