Feature in Latest iOS 6 Build Lets Users Switch to Cellular Data When Wi-Fi Drops Out
Apple included an interesting little feature in the latest version of iOS 6 that allows someoneís iPhone to use cellular data when Wi-Fi connections become sketchy.
The feature called Wi-Fi Plus Cellular allows apps that have trouble communicating via Wi-Fi to switch to cellular data instead. A similar feature debuted in an earlier version of iOS 6 that allows users to decide if they want to user cellular data for iCloud Documents, iTunes, FaceTime, Passbook Updates and the userís Reading List. The feature has a tab that indicates Apple will allow FaceTime calls over cellular data as well, carriers permitting.
The Wi-Fi Plus Cellular feature will likely save time and battery life for users who constantly move in and out of Wi-Fi networks and use cellular data sparingly. Also, feature will help users conserve data use to avoid breaching data caps and incurring overage charges as well as help unlimited data users avoid throttling. The unfortunate nature of these features in non-gold iOS builds is they might not show up in the final product. Hopefully something as simple and useful as the Wi-Fi Plus feature makes the final cut.