iPhones To Ditch Sucky Wi-Fi Signals

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Apple has finally brought in the “obvious” solution to the problem of phones latching on to Wi-Fi even when the connection sucks.

The latest beta of iOS 9 includes a feature called Wi-Fi Assist. It’s designed to deal with the way iPhones currently default to connecting to a Wi-Fi network (and stick with that connection) no matter how weak the signal is. That can be particularly frustrating as the first you realise what’s up is when the signal is so weak that internet-dependent apps effectively become unworkable.

Wi-Fi Assist will automatically switch to a cellular data signal when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. It’s not yet known whether this will be triggered by a specific signal threshold, or if the phone will compare the Wi-Fi strength with the available 3G/4G signal. (The latter option might prove a bit of a battery drain however.) In the current implementation, there’s no option to set a minimum acceptable Wi-Fi strength.

Fortunately Apple has thought about people who don’t want to use cellular data unexpectedly. There’ll be a visual warning of the switch, with the Wi-Fi symbol greying out a little bit in advance. There’s also an option to turn the feature on or off completely.

[Via: 9to5Mac]




4 Responses to iPhones To Ditch Sucky Wi-Fi Signals

  1. Good idea. Hope this comes to Android, but I hope it is by connection speed, not by signal strength. That way I don’t obliviously wander around a mall thinking all my apps are syncing but not knowing that the wi-fi hasn’t connected due to a captive portal.

    • Android already has an option for this. Advanced settings while viewing WiFi networks, then “Avoid poor connections” toggle.

      • My old Galaxy S3 has a “smart network switch” where it goes to cellular in case of crappy wifi. The toggle is at the top of the wifi network menu.

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