Just when you think iPhones can’t get any more handy, Apple rolls out yet another upgrade. This time, it’s for the operating system, which will soon allow iPhone users to more easily share Wi-Fi passwords.
The new operating system for iPhone, iOS 11, will include many automatic features, including a Wi-Fi network-sharing feature. This means that instead of reading the 25-letter code off the back of your router, you can now just conveniently “tap” phones.
How Will Wi-Fi Network Sharing Work?
There are some things that need to be in place, though. Both devices must be unlocked iPhones, and both have to have the latest operating system update.
Then, as explained by 9to5Mac, all you have to do is hold the two iPhones next to one another, at which point a window will pop up on the device that is already on the Wi-Fi, asking for permission to let the other iPhone join the network. Once accepting and tapping the “Yes” button, the unconnected iPhone will be connected.
There’s not a lot to it, and it sure can come in handy when you want to share Wi-Fi passwords. Plus, it eliminates the need type in a rather long code into a small device, which leaves a lot of room for error. I don’t know how many times I’ve been somewhere and have attempted to type in the Wi-Fi code more than one time because I accidentally hit the wrong letter on my screen.
The other plus side to this new feature is that the password you’re sharing can be kept a secret. So even though someone else is hopping onto your Wi-Fi, they don’t need to know what the password is.
Apple’s newest operating system is supposed to be released to the public later this year. Developers, programmers and other professionals are still currently testing out the “beta” version of the operating system.
So what else will this new operating system bring? The Photos app will be improved, allowing users to edit their “Live” photos using something called the “Loop and Bounce” effect. And because of Apple’s new “High Efficiency Image File Format” system, you’ll start to see photo files take up less room.
We can’t wait for the grand unveiling.