“In Apple’s release of iOS 9 beta 5 this week, several new features were revealed,” Amit Chowdhry reports for Forbes. “The highlights in iOS 9 beta 5 includes Wi-Fi Assist and Wi-Fi calling for AT&T.”
“iPhones generally connect to a Wi-Fi connection whenever one is detected. Sometimes the Wi-Fi connection may stop working or slow down, but the iPhone device usually stays connected to it,” Chowdhry reports. “Wi-Fi Assist solves that problem by automatically disconnecting your iPhone from the bad connection and switching to cellular data. Without the Wi-Fi Assist feature, you would have to disable Wi-Fi on the iPhone or move far away from the signal to prevent your device from continuing to use a bad signal.”
“The Wi-Fi Assist feature can be toggled on and off under the ‘Cellular’ menu in the ‘Settings’ app in iOS 9,” Chowdhry reports. “To indicate when your iPhone switches from Wi-Fi to a cellular data connection, the Wi-Fi icon will turn gray as the device connects to cellular data.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Having iPhone and iPad automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor via Wi-Fi Assist is certainly a useful addition to iOS.