Hotspot 2.0 Feature in iOS 7 to Allow for Hassle-Free Wi-Fi Access
Although not mentioned during Appleís WWDC keynote, iOS 7 will be supporting Hotspot 2.0, a relatively new Wi-Fi technology which allows compatible devices to seamlessly connect to compatible hotspots without user interaction. The new feature is based on the Wi-Fi Allianceís Passpoint project, which looks to automate connections to certified hotspots quickly and securely. This means iOS device users will one day no longer have to search for, select, and manually connect to certain access points.
For those of you who donít know about it, Passpoint technology is aimed in part at cellular carriers, which offer Wi-Fi hotspots throughout a coverage area as a method to offload data burden. By using a cellular deviceís SIM card, or another unique identifier, Hotspot 2.0 enabled devices are able to access these Wi-Fi networks without having to constantly put in credentials. This way users wonít have to go through the hassle and itís a win/win for both the consumer and the carrier.
Both ends must meet the protocol in order for the technology to work, meaning that smartphone OEMs, manufacturers of Wi-Fi gateways, and service providers have to be a part of the program. So far the technology isnít widespread, at least not to the point where it would be impactful to an iPhone user. However, Ars Technica
noted that trials are currently underway with the participation from 30 operators. Consumer deployments are scheduled for release later this year, possibly in time for the expected rollout of Appleís next-generation iPhone. This means that the technology may be a part of the next-gen iPhone which would definitely be a huge convenience.
Source: Ars Technica