Apple Watch can tap into known Wi-Fi hotspots when your iPhone’s at home

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

From the onset, Apple’s been telling us its Watch uses Wi-Fi (along with GPS) in your iPhone, but omitted that the gizmo can also take advantage of known Wi-Fi hotspots for limited functions when the paired iPhone isn’t nearby or connected to the cellular network.

This nifty little feature lets the device be used standalone for the basic stuff like sending and receiving messages, drawings and taps. Just to be sure here, it still requires an iPhone to send and receive phone calls, run third-party apps and for much of its functionality, really.

The revelation was published as a side-note in Apple Watch reviews by both The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo Tech yesterday. Read More

 

Apple Watch doesn’t need Bluetooth if connected iPhone is on same Wi-Fi network

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

The Apple Watch will provide users with the full experience even if an iPhone it’s paired with is outside Bluetooth range, as long as both the wearable device and the smartphone are connected through Wi-Fi. Tim Cook made a passing note of it during yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event.

Nonetheless, it’s a pretty big deal and here’s why. Read More

 

How to quickly find your Mac’s Wi-Fi IP address from the menu bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

By now, perhaps you’ve caught on to the trend that the Alt/Option key (⌥) allows you to do some really nifty things with regard to the menu bar on your Mac. For example, clicking the volume button on the menu bar while holding the ⌥ key lets you switch audio outputs and inputs with ease.

As you might have already gathered, the same principal applies to the Wi-Fi button on the menu bar. By holding the ⌥ key while clicking the Wi-Fi button, you gain access to a plethora of technical details related to your Mac’s Wi-Fi connection. Read More

 

Ericsson intensifies legal pressure on Apple over patents, seeks iPhone sales ban

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Following a $533 million loss in a lawsuit a small Texas-based company leveled against it over patent violation, Apple is now facing new legal challenges.

Friday, the Swedish telecommunications giant has unloaded legal barrage against the iPhone maker.

The move follows Apple’s refusal to re-sign a global licensing contract with Ericsson in mid-January. Bloomberg noted that Apple had been paying royalties for Ericsson’s patents related to mobile technologies, but the global license agreement expired last month and hasn’t been renewed since. Read More

 

FCC to hotels: blocking Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal!

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Many of us have been there. You just checked in to a nice hotel and went right to your room. After taking a shower, you pull out your Mac to connect to a personal Wi-Fi hotspot in the hope of getting some work done. But alas, it won’t work. Slowly but surely, a sinking feeling sets in that you’re being forced to use the hotel’s exorbitantly priced Wi-Fi.

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to put an end to the practice and on Tuesday issued a public enforcement advisory warning hotel chains and other commercial establishments that intentionally blocking or interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal. Read More

 

Second Yosemite update looms: Wi-Fi fixes, iCloud Drive in Time Machine and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Despite all the talk of a problematic decline in software quality, Apple is feeling your pain and isn’t standing still.

Currently in testing, a second update to OS X Yosemite is due later this week. First of all, Mac OS X 10.10.2 apparently squashes that annoying bug which manifests itself annoyingly as intermittent Wi-Fi issues.

Another one resolves a bug preventing your Mac from reconnecting to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep, causing you to manually disable and re-enable Wi-Fi, which gets old fast.

Next, iCloud Drive should be now accessible directly in Time Machine, including the ability to track changes to files and documents.

Moreover, 10.10.2 prevents the so-called ‘Thunderstrike’ hardware exploit which targets Macs equipped with high-bandwidth Thunderbolt ports and also includes other important fixes. Read More

 

WiFried: a new tweak to fix iOS 8’s Wi-Fi performance issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2014

Developer Mario Ciabarra, best known for his work on big Intelliborn tweaks like MyWi and My3G, is back with a brand new tweak that claims to do some great things for people experiencing Wi-Fi issues on iOS 8. WiFried is the name of his new tweak, and its purpose is to fix the persistent Wi-Fi issues that occur for a lot of iOS 8 users. That sounds good and all, but the question is, will it work? Read More

 

Wi-Fi issues continue to persist for some after updating to OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

After upgrading their Macs to yesterday’s OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 software update, some users continue to experience a range of intermittent Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing Apple’s latest desktop operating system since its release, according to user feedback over at Apple’s Support Communities containing more than a thousand posts.

Issues vary on a case-by-case basis and include dropped or unreliable wireless connections, slow data transfer speeds, connections randomly dropping every few minutes or so, inability to connect to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep and more. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update out with Wi-Fi improvements, bug fixes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

In addition to launching the iOS 8.1.1 software update with bug fixes and performance improvements for the A5-powered devices running iOS 8, such as the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, Apple on Monday pushed the official OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 software update for Mac desktops and notebooks.

The software contains plenty of bug fixes while improving Wi-Fi performance on some Macs following numerous user complaints about intermittent Wi-Fi issues. It also contains enhancements for enterprise users and many other improvements to make your Mac more stable. Read More

 

New videos highlight iPhone 6’s faster Wi-Fi and real-world multitasking performance

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2014

A pair of videos have surfaced this week offering a good look at real-world multitasking performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus relative to competition, while demonstrating the speedy 802.11ac wireless networking Apple’s implemented on both devices.

The results suggest that the new iPhones offer nearly three times faster Wi-Fi performance than the iPhone 5s while beating out Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One M8 handsets in app loading times and task switching. Read More

 

AT&T dragging its feet with Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s second-biggest wireless provider, is allegedly planning on rolling out the Wi-Fi Calling feature to its subscribers, but in 2015 rather than this year, LightReading reported Friday.

Already supported on T-Mobile, but not coming anytime soon to Verizon (Sprint has yet to announce it), Wi-Fi Calling is supported by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The feature will be coming to older iPhones from the iPhone 5 onward, courtesy of the free iOS 8 update scheduled to release next Wednesday. Read More

 

T-Mobile announces support for Wi-Fi calling on all new smartphones

By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2014

During its 7.0 Un-carrier event today, T-Mobile announced plans for its new ‘Wi-Fi Unleashed’ initiative. As part of the campaign, the carrier says that it will support Wi-Fi calling and texting on all new smartphones, including the just-announced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

This allows users to send and receive both calls and text messages over a Wi-Fi network, and is a highly sought after feature for folks in areas with poor cell service. T-Mobile says the feature will be free, and is offering upgrades to customers that don’t have Wi-Fi devices. Read More

 

Claimed iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, mic and Wi-Fi module leak in photos

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Joining today’s batch of leaks ahead of Apple’s big reveal in Fall are some components apparently belonging to a second-generation iPad Air model.

An alleged iPad Air 2 GPS module, a Wi-Fi component and a microphone were shown off on a series of claimed photographs highlighted by a French website Thursday.

We’ve already seen photos that purportedly picture a number of the various internal components of the iPad Air 2 and today’s leak reinforces the notion that Apple is getting ready to refresh the iPad lineup soon.

Among other hardware improvements, flagship iPad models could bring a thinner design, a faster A8 chip with 2GB of RAM, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, anti-reflective screen coating and more… Read More

 

Steve Jobs saw shared home Wi-Fi as the future of Internet access. Utopian vision?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

Would you be willing to open your home Wi-Fi network to total strangers, so that passersby and folks in your near vicinity could join it and surf the web for free?

These questions kept Apple CEO Steve Jobs up at night back in 2007 as he envisioned building an open Wi-Fi Utopia. The idea was born out of his frustration with sluggish mobile data networks at the time.

Re/code’s Walt Mossberg, the famous technology reviewer and columnist who used to enjoy unparalleled access to Jobs, recounts how Jobs’s intense loathing of AT&T almost gave everyone free Wi-Fi… Read More

 

iOS 8 beta 3 enables Wi-Fi Calling for T-Mobile iPhones

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Last month, T-Mobile confirmed that it will support iOS 8’s new Wi-Fi calling feature when the update officially launches this fall. And today, the feature went live for developers with T-Mobile iPhones in the just-released iOS 8 beta 3.

For those unfamiliar with Wi-Fi calling, it allows users to place phone calls [natively] from their device over a Wi-Fi network, instead of their cellular network. Benefits of the feature include better call quality and improved battery life… Read More

 

T-Mobile will support Wi-Fi calling on iOS 8

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 2, 2014

Just a few hours ago, we rounded up a list of iOS 8 features that Apple simply didn’t have much time to mention at its WWDC keynote this afternoon. One of them was Wi-Fi calling, which allows iPhone users to place calls over Wi-Fi as opposed to a cellular network. The feature allows for wireless customers to potentially save money on their monthly plans, which you would think is something that carriers would be against.

Not T-Mobile. Being the awesome underdog carrier that it has been as of late, the magenta-flavored company has embraced the feature with full arms. Earlier today, T-Mobile marketing chief Mike Sievert confirmed in a news release (via MacRumors) that Wi-Fi calling will be enabled for iPhone users on iOS 8, meaning that over 90% of smartphones on the network will be capable of the feature…  Read More

 

How to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac

By Joe Rossignol on May 18, 2014

I was recently setting up my iPad mini, but could not remember the password for my home Wi-Fi network. After spending a few minutes trying to find it in Network Preferences on my MacBook Pro, I realized that I was looking in the wrong spot.

Dating back several OS X versions, passwords have been stored in an application called Keychain Access. So if you’re looking for a password that you simply can’t remember, you’re in luck. Read ahead on how to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac…  Read More

 

AutoBlue: enable or disable Bluetooth connectivity based on Wi-Fi connection

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 30, 2014

AutoBlue is a smart idea wrapped into a somewhat unassuming package. It disables Bluetooth when connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and reenables Bluetooth when disconnected from the Wi-Fi network.

The goal of AutoBlue is to save battery life by keeping Bluetooth disabled when it’s not needed. Of course, this is only useful if you don’t use Bluetooth at home, and there’s really no telling how much battery life you actually save by disabling a Bluetooth connection when it’s not in use in the first place.

But it’s still a good idea if you happen to meet the criteria necessary to not make this tweak a hinderance. Check out our video walkthrough of AutoBlue in action after the fold. Read More

 

Apple patent ditches GPS for Wi-Fi to better determine location indoors

By Jake Smith on Apr 15, 2014

Apple has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday that will help its Maps app better track your location indoors.

The patent describes a technology that temporarily ditches the GPS sensor, and uses Wi-Fi access points, location databases, and other sensors to determine your location where the GPS sensor may not be as accurate, Apple Insider first reported. Read More

 

Broadcom launches Gigabit Wi-Fi chip that will likely power the next iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014

Imagination Technologies, the fabless British semiconductor maker, yesterday at Mobile World Congress detailed its new PowerVR graphics which outperforms Nvidia’s Tegra K1 platform and is a likely candidate for the next iPhone’s GPU. And now, another premium silicon vendor has announced a chip that could just as easily find its way into future iOS devices.

I’m talking about Broadcom, whose Wi-Fi chips and other controller components are used in the iPhone 5s and iPad lineup. The Irvine, California based firm announced at Mobile World Congress a new fifth-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi component which doubles data throughput and increases Wi-Fi coverage by up to 30 percent.

Should Apple choose to tap it, the iPhone 6 and the next iPad will adopt Gigabit Wi-Fi aka 802.11ac, the latest and greatest standard in wireless networking for the consumer market… Read More

 
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