Yesterday we published a list of 24 features integrated iOS 7, which withheld Apple. During the WWDC 2013, the company talked a lot about design and new features, but a complete list of features of the new “OS” was shown on the final slide.
One of the hidden features of iOS 7 is called WiFi HotSpot 2.0. This further development of technology that allows devices to intelligently switch between cellular and wireless public Wi-Fi networks without authentication.
Explains Jon Brodkin of ArsTechnica:
Hotspot 2.0 is the technology specification behind the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Passpoint certification program. As we wrote last year, the goal of Passpoint is to create a Wi-Fi extension of cellular networks, making it easier for service providers to offload traffic and give users faster Internet connections. Instead of typing in a password, a user could authenticate to the network automatically by virtue of owning a device with a SIM card. Passpoint-enabled devices within range of a Passpoint-supporting hotspot would automatically join it and get the benefit of WPA2 security.
So, if you are connected to carriers, in which hundreds WiFi-point, your iPhone running on iOS 7 will independently switch between without your knowledge. Ideal for areas with poor coverage.
Of course, Passpoint needs a large network of hotspots, or the technology just does not make sense. It is unclear how many WiFi-network is already there, but in the future the system will connect approximately 30 providers.
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