iOS 7 also improves its relationship with wireless networks. It now supports the new Wi-Fi Alliance standard, the Hotspot 2.0. Thanks to this standard we will be able to connect automatically and in a totally transparent way for the user to different nodes of a hotspot network in case we are in such an area. Now we only need to know which iDevices will be compatible with the Hotspot 2.0.
If we told you a while ago about the changes in the OS X Mavericks network communication protocol, now we come back to iOS 7 to talk about the management of hotspots Wi-Fi . This was one of the features announced but not covered in Monday’s keynote . Now we can shed some more light on this updated functionality.
The new iOS will support the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 specification. This technology consists in the fact that Wi-Fi networks are extensible to each other, and that wireless network areas can be created , something very useful if we move in a large place where a single router cannot give a signal to the whole space.
Until now, to switch between nodes it was necessary to enter a password or connect manually. With the Hotspot 2.0, a user can authenticate himself on the network automatically with his iPhone . Devices that support this feature called Passpoint will be able to enjoy it in the next iOS iteration. What we don’t know is if only the latest generation iDevices will be able to support it or if older models will also be able to do so.
The problem is the adoption rate and that companies upgrade their networks to this new standard , otherwise it will be of little use that our iPhone supports it. Like the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the new Mac, it won’t do much good until there’s an ac Wi-Fi router.