iOS 7′s Unsung Hero: WiFi Hotspot 2.0
Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote presentation happened in the same fashion as any other: it only lasted two hours, 45 minutes alone devoted to the iOS 7. This year, Apple chose to go all out with its Mac Pro and Mac OS X Mavericks announcements. Jony Ive was the man responsible for iOS 7′s dramatic redesign from the skeuomorphism of iOS 6, but Ive did not introduce the new design; instead, Craig Federighi took to the stage.
Similar to WWDC 2012, Apple did not get to present all the new features present in iOS 7 but only announced the major ones: home screen, AirDrop File Share, iOS in the Car, iTunes Radio, a new Safari OS with unlimited tabs, App Store automatic updates, intelligent app scheduling, Control Center, and so on.
One unique feature, however, that Apple did not get to introduce concerns WiFi Roaming or WiFi Hotspot 2.0. Apple incorporated multitasking features known as intelligent scheduling and opportunistic updates, whereby your iPhone will upgrade apps by discerning your usage times when your iPhone is on a strong WiFi or cellular network.
To have a strong network, however, one needs to be able to roam successfully from one WiFi setup to another. Often, when individuals leave home to head to the local coffee shop, they may struggle to get onto the coffee shop’s network due to verification requirements. Apple has solved the problem with WiFi roaming in iOS 7 — through the introduction of WiFi Hotspot 2.0.
WiFi Hotspot 2.0 prevents the user from having to log onto a new network, supply a password, etc., when leaving a familiar network to log onto an unfamiliar one. Now, without the need for verification, your iPhone will log you on automatically without a hitch. It puts the “smart” in “smartphone.”
In the end, WiFi Hotspot is a great feature for iOS 7 and Apple’s iconic smartphone, but it is under the influence of other mobile operating systems. Samsung was the first to release WiFi Hotspot 2.0 in its GS4.