iOS 6 beta adds 'Wi-Fi plus Cellular' setting to ensure reliable network connection for apps

iOS 6 beta adds 'Wi-Fi plus Cellular' setting to ensure reliable network connection for apps
iOS 6, beta 4 features a setting for Wi-Fi Plus Cellular

iOS 6, beta 4 features a setting for Wi-Fi Plus Cellular

If a weak Wi-Fi signal is keeping you from using certain apps on your iOS 6 flavored device, you might not have to go into your settings and put your device back on cellular connectivity. In the latest beta release of iOS 6 (you know, beta 4, the version that removes your beloved YouTube client), settings in the General/Cellular control panel can be found for 'Wi-Fi Plus Cellular'. The idea is that by setting the toggle switch to on, those apps unable to work properly due to a weak Wi-Fi signal will automatically switch to cellular connectivity.

Underneath the main switch is a sub menu that allows users to turn cellular connections on or off for a number of tasks, essentially giving you the option to use Wi-Fi only for certain data-intensive features like downloading music from iTunes, using Face Time (which is possible using 3G on iOS 6) or syncing documents from iCloud.

Being a beta release, this feature is just for developers at the moment and could be altered or disappear completely by the time iOS 6 is officially launched.

source: MacRumors

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22 Comments

1. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Talk about data overages....jk. Man this is cool but haven't other phones had this? And as for the Youtube app, beloved is the last word I would use to describe that mess...

20. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Actually, when I was using the Youtube app, it was pretty good. Not really that different from the mobile site, I don't get why people hate it...

21. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Guess you were one of the lucky ones, It took like 7 minutes to load a 2 minute video in the YouTube App, and the mobile took like a minute and this is right next to a router....

22. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Seriously? My videos would load almost instantly way away from my router. And that's with an average 15 mbps/s connection. Huh.

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Finding new iOS 6 features is like increasing the screen size by 0.5 inches; not much.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

so would u rather them not include it? sheesh… can't apple just be commended for adding a useful feature?

13. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No, its perfect remember

16. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nobody says that but android trolls… and maybe idiot apple fans, but the large amount of apple supporters enjoy watching apple add new features and develop their product… i think android users need to realize apple users enjoy their products and don't need to be freed from some illusion that apple can never improve

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you may want to be careful as having cellular turned off when using wifi was a power saving feature, having both working may reduce battery life drastically... specially on 4G. anyone here with beta iOS6 willing to test that theory for us? also this would be a good Idea http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/08/combine-3g4g-and-wifi-to-download-and-destroy-your-data-cap-faster-than-ever/

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is actually a neat little feature... Though for people without unlimited data, they have to be a bit cautious when using it.

6. AppleRoyally

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Looking forward to the ios6®

8. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Glad I have unlimited data, but unfortunately it kind of makes me feel trapped since I'm grandfathered with a company as mediocre as AT&T.

15. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iOS6 is why I will not get the next iPhone, maybe next year

25. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Interesting wondering if it will make it past beta and if it does will it be a usefull feature.

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