IOS 11.2 beta 3 Changes, Features & Improvements

As in the case of any new software, a few glitches and bugs aggravated many users, but Apple found a way to fix it with follow-up software updates.

You connect to a Wi-Fi (Bluetooth) network using Settings Wi-Fi (Settings Bluetooth). When iOS 11.2 comes out of beta, users should have a better idea of how to use the Control Center's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings to get the results they want.

This was one of the first findings of the iOS 11 that created panic among its users. With iOS 11, Apple changed the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on/off switches to toggles which now allow both features to be disabled until the next day. But the Control Center showed just the connected and disconnected states, while the disabled status was hidden away inside the settings. There wasn't any in-device explanation that the wi-fi chips or Bluetooth remained on, leaving the phones open to potential wireless attacks during a zero day vulnerability or enabled through malware. Any whitelisted features and devices utilising Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad will continue to work regardless. The alerts were introduced in today's iOS 11.2 beta 3 release.

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The first time a user turns off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from the Control Center on their device, they'll see a pop-up window that will say "disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow" or "disconnecting Bluetooth accessories until tomorrow". One issue? The changes included buttons that appeared to be convenient wi-fi and Bluetooth switches, but in reality simply disconnected phones from nearby devices and networks instead of turning the chips off. However, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use features like AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity, Instant Hotspot, and Location Services.

And Bluetooth: "Disconnecting Bluetooth Accessories Until Tomorrow". This change apparently does not resolve the security concern, which should be minor for most users, but at least it does explain what's happening behind the scenes more clearly so said users can make their own decisions on how to use Control Center.

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