A Wifi switch App possible

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPod touch Apps' started by hobbbz, Aug 11, 2008.

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    hobbbz

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    I don't know what kind of access to the hardware developers have so I have a possibly stupid question:

    Is it possible to make a Wifi switch app that will, when tapped turn the Wifi on/off and maybe even alter the app icon to reflect the current state?

    Secondarily, if yes, are there any iPhone App developers that would be willing to build this for a bounty?
     
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    thirdeyeopen666

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    If you're willing to jailbreak your phone, this app is already available through Cydia and Installer. Hopefully a bluetooth toggle is coming soon.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    Is it really that hard to tap your screen two more times to get to the official Wi-Fi section and turn off WiFi?
     
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    hobbbz

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    it's annoying when I like to turn it on and off regularly when out on the town.

    If I know there's wifi around i want it on but if its not i will keep it off.

    And my question wasn't asking for validation of the usefulness of this feature, it was asking if it was possible. And if so, how much would it cost for a developer to make it (in terms of hours)
     
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    If it were possible via the official SDK it'd take about 20 minutes to throw together. But since it isn't, your only option is to jailbreak or use preferences.app
     
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    Small White Car

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    Well, yes.

    You have to wait for the Settings window to load which take 5-6 seconds sometimes.

    No, that's not a long time, but wouldn't a 1 second option be better than waitng 6?
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    What I would like to see, is an application like this, but similar to a 7 day programmable thermostat.

    Select WiFi, then be able to select up to maybe 6 on or off times, such as:
    MON-THU
    ON -> 18:00
    OFF -> 01:00
    ON -> 05:30
    OFF -> 07:00
    FRI-SUN
    ON

    Then have one for Bluetooth. Allow each individual day to be selected, and have up to 6 times that can be on/off. This would allow you to setup your standard schedule, which for me, would be no WiFi while at work, Bluetooth only when in the car, and have WiFi on while at home, or on the go.

    Once the app icon was selected, on that main page, there could be some toggles to turn on WiFi and Bluetooth similar to settings, but so that you do not have to wait for the settings screen to load...

    Sounds like an application I would use to help conserve battery life.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    All well and dandy, but still isn't possible via the SDK. Maybe post in the hacks forum or on jailbreak sites.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    So I assume the SDK does not allow access to turning the radios off then?
     
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    robbieduncan

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    It doesn't let the developers alter any user settings at all. We can't even set the wallpaper.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    So a brightness switch would not be possible as well?

    .......... so based on the Wifi switch not being possible I take it a shortcut to the brightness is not going to happen either? I find I'm into the brightness more than 6 times a day because of different lighting environments. Yes it's a little tedious, a hot switch would be nice. :)
     
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    robbieduncan

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    Also impossible via the official SDK.
     
  13. macrumors 68000

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    Have you turned on Auto-Brightness?
     
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    Cyroceon

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    I don't see the need for this since in Settings, you can just shut WiFi off in a second.
     

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