Another tethering app sneaks into the App Store

By , May 27, 2013

tethering paint app

Here’s a nice little surprise to cap off your Memorial Day weekend. A new app has been discovered in the App Store that has a hidden tethering feature that will allow you to share your iPhone’s internet connection with your computer.

The fact that an app like this has made its way into Apple’s heavily guarded App Store isn’t the least bit surprising, as it’s happened several times now. And it also won’t be surprising when Apple pulls it in the next few days, or sooner…

The app is called Little Artist Canvas and it was developed by FoolishSleuth. On the surface, it appears to be a lightweight paint or drawing app. But if you look a little deeper, you’ll find it’s much more than that.

Admittedly, the whole process is a little insipid. But hey, it allows you to access the internet on your computer, using your iPhone, without having to enable the hotspot feature with your carrier. In many cases, that can cost you your rate plan.

At the time of this writing, the app is still available on the App Store. But again, given Apple’s track record, we don’t imagine it will be around much longer—even if it is a holiday weekend. So if you’re thinking about checking it out, don’t wait on it.

You can find Little Artist Canvas in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for $0.99.

Update: as expected, it’s gone.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

    I still have flasharmyknife. Not needed. (:

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I still have Quasidisk which is a good thing since one thing I’ve noted is that when Apple pulls an app they completely pull it. It does not even show under your purchased list anymore…

    • http://twitter.com/FoolishSleuth Master Roshi

      i did the video on that one too.

    • Gabriel Thadarkone Sudlow

      Can you send the IPA?

      • Ian Jackson

        It’s posted, but needs to be approved because of the link restriction on iDB comments.

      • Trudy Howard

        Doesn’t work with ios7 :(

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    You guys still paying a separate fee to tether your data from your mobile phone? Talk about anti-freedom…

    • 9JordanMiller2

      Well ya see I have unlimited data through Verizon on my iPhone 5 :D so yeah they don’t want me to tether. So if I wasn’t jailbroke this app would be useful instead of paying twenty a month or whatever mine would be.

  • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon Weidema

    these guys are smart, probably making huge profits in a few days lol

    • http://twitter.com/FoolishSleuth Master Roshi

      you’d think. they’re complaining already that it doesn’t work. follow the instructions and it works perfectly.

      • William

        How can I use my Iphone as the tether with this app but connect to my ipad?

  • Osama Muhammed

    this is the nowadays trend to make infinite money

    • http://twitter.com/FoolishSleuth Master Roshi

      not really. there’s also drugs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Whitaker/100000796710385 Greg Whitaker

        Woo Hoo! Drugs… :)

  • Gurudas G

    Funny thing is, when you go look at the screenshots of this app, you can tell that the ipod used in the screenshot is jailbroke by looking at the status bar :)

    • http://twitter.com/FoolishSleuth Master Roshi

      yeah it’s jailbroken. :D

    • RarestName

      Not surprising since the developer is also the developer of Binary Clock on Cydia.

  • Parveen

    Haha lucky me I don’t have worry any of this shit, since I switched to t-mobile. Tethering is free. And there’s not data limit.

    Hate u AT&T u suck big time. Never gonna do business with u again EVER

    • T.LIN

      you’re wrong i’m using t-mobile and the tethering on t-mobile isn’t free.

      • Jacob S

        Mobile hotspot is available on tmobile for free upto 500mb 4g/LTE and then at 2G unlimited.

  • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco Capra

    Does this work on NON jailbroken phones?

    • Ryan James Christensen

      Yes. It doesn’t even require a jailbreak.

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    The screen shor in the appstore is a jailbroken ipod hahahaha. Btw i dint get it why you people need the app? Like you guys pay if you theter your device?

  • Rodel De vera

    How do you do this on Windows?

  • Brandon Higgins

    So this will hide tethering correct?

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Got this earlier today.
    As of 3am central time, that sucker has been pulled lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Whitaker/100000796710385 Greg Whitaker

      I just got it minutes ago… Damn Nazi Apple!!

  • Josh

    Why can’t you just tether your own data using personal hotspot?? Couldn’t we do it anyway without apps?

    • Josh

      Ohhhhh, do some have to pay extra to be able to tether?

  • http://fearless-assassins.com/forum BBL

    I wish any developer can do the same and release an apps that have a hidden option to enable toggles from notification center… That will be just great ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      That’s like sneaking a 2 ton nuke into an airport. It just wouldn’t be possible. :P

  • Eric Van Laarhoven

    what horrible video quality….