5 new features worth checking out in Apple's iOS 11

Allan Goodman
September 22, 2017

One of the sneaky features, we missed, like everyone else, was that in the new iOS 11 control center, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi controls are not doing exactly what we think they do.

The radios themselves, however, will keep humming in the background in a low-power state.

You will of course be disconnected from Wi-Fi networks and most Bluetooth accessories if you only do that, but to "completely disable" the two functions for "all networks and devices", you'll need to turn them off from the Settings menu.

According to tech security experts, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issue creates an inviting target for hackers.

Yes. If you move location, it will assume you want to reconnect. Continuing to swipe up once the Dock is open will open your Control Center and the new multitasking interface. If you're experiencing it for the first time, however, you should know that many things are changed, while others are just hidden.

App Dock allows you to display your favourite or most frequently used apps on a dock at the bottom of the screen for easy and direct access. Using Airplane mode is another option.

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As The Verge reports, this decision by Apple is likely meant to make sure that accidental disconnection of the Apple Watch from the iPhone is minimized.

To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth. Simply being in range of an infected device is sufficient to pass the virus along.

Apple's payment system, Apple Pay, already lets people buy items at a retail store with a tap of the phone. Similarly for Bluetooth Settings tab on Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth. The change in layout makes the software update even more appealing to the user.

Turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth once we no longer use it has become a commonplace. Once your device restarts, try out WiFi again.

Apparently, this is because the company wants both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be available such that iPhone owners could continue using AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Location Services, and other features. If you do use these peripherals and features, obviously this advice does not apply.

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