iOS 11.2 Beta 3 Introduces Pop-up to Explain Control Center Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Functionality

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    With iOS 11, Apple changed the way the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in Control Center work. The two buttons are no longer standard on/off switches, and instead disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi only for a set period of time.

    In the new iOS 11.2 beta released this morning, Apple has added new informational pop-ups to let users know exactly how these toggles work. The new pop-ups explain that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be disabled temporarily rather than permanently.

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    Prior to today's update, the Control Center toggles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth could be somewhat confusing, because there was no on-device explanation. Apple outlined how the toggles work in a support document, but if you didn't see it, you might wonder why Wi-Fi or Bluetooth were turning themselves back on after being disabled via Control Center.

    These new messages will appear the first time the Control Center toggles are used. Subsequent uses will show a message at the top that reads "Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Networks Until Tomorrow" or "Disconnecting Bluetooth Devices Until Tomorrow."

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    While Apple's new pop-ups offer a better explanation than was previously available, there are other situations where Wi-Fi or Bluetooth might be turned back on sooner than one day. When you use the Wi-Fi toggle in Control Center, Wi-Fi is disabled until one of the following conditions occurs:

    - Wi-Fi is reactivated using Control Center
    - You connect to a Wi-Fi network using Settings > Wi-Fi
    - You walk or drive to a new location
    - It's 5:00 a.m. local time
    - Your iOS device is restarted

    When you use the Bluetooth toggle in Control Center, Bluetooth is disabled until one of the following conditions occurs:

    - Bluetooth is reactivated using control Center
    - You connect to a Bluetooth accessory in Settings > Bluetooth
    - It's 5:00 a.m. local time
    - Your iOS device is restarted

    To more permanently disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on an iOS device running iOS 11, it's necessary to go to the Settings app and toggle these features off in the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth sections. Apple likely made the change to Control Center in iOS 11 for a better overall user experience, as some iPhone and iPad owners might not realize the impact that turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off can have when it comes to iOS features like GPS directions, Continuity, and more.

    In addition to introducing a message to let users know how Bluetooth and Wi-Fi work in Control Center, on the iPhone X, there's also a small UI change designed to make the Control Center gesture more obvious. Whenever you're on the Lock screen, there's a small bar underneath the icons on the right side of the device, letting you know there's more to see there. The bar is not displayed on the Home screen of an unlocked iPhone X, nor is it displayed within apps.

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    For those unfamiliar, accessing the Control Center on the iPhone X is done from a swipe down on the top right side of the device rather than a swipe upwards from the bottom.

    Article Link: iOS 11.2 Beta 3 Introduces Pop-up to Explain Control Center Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Functionality
     
  2. Derekeys macrumors regular

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    I understand what they’re trying to do, but I believe it’s unnecessary.

    Off should be off, on should be on.

    Keep it simple stupid.
     
  3. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502

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    Why keep it an intuitive on/off when you can add a pop up explaining it? :rolleyes:
     
  4. RosOne macrumors regular

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    I like the new iOS 11 toggle functionality. I use it everyday.
     
  5. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    "pop goes the weasel?"

    Please tell me that I can disable that message.
     
  6. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

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    Why not long press for the option to turn it off completely?...
     
  7. theelysium Suspended

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    They are turned off to SAVE BATTERY DURPA-DURRRR Apple!

    I want my OFF toggles back. I understand how to manage my antennas I don't need to be antenna coddled by Apple's OS.

    We should be able to swap the toggles out or HOLD on the WiFi Bluetooth to switch them OFF!

    So STUPID.
     
  8. morcutt11 macrumors 6502

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    I thought this functionality was stupid when they first rolled out out, but I can't believe how often I use this feature. I'm glad they kept it and just added the notification.
     
  9. spazzcat macrumors 68020

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    The new way is much better. When I get to my car for example at work, it has a very weak connection to wifi. I don't want to turn off wifi, I want to just disconnect from work. The old way I would forget to turn wifi back on.
     
  10. morcutt11 macrumors 6502

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    Hopefully it only shows up the first time you use it.
     
  11. spazzcat macrumors 68020

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    Which has been proved to not save battery...
     
  12. MattJessop macrumors regular

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    I much much much prefer the new functionality, and it makes my life so much easier (I travel a lot for work and make frequent use of personal hotspot/watch).

    However - I also understand the confusion, and think there could have been a better way to demonstrate this.
     
  13. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The messages will obviously only come up the first time you use the toggle, not every time.
     
  14. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    Same here. Parking lot at work, sucks as it's on the cusp and won't connect to either. Turn it off and forget to turn it back on when I get home, except now, thats no longer an issue with the new way :)
     
  15. theelysium Suspended

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    You enjoy your needlessly drained battery & your body saturated in antenna radiation for no reason?
     
  16. spazzcat macrumors 68020

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    I think they need to come up with a comprised, I like the new way much better, but I get other may not. Maybe a third press turns it off?
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    Turning off wifi doesn't save battery, and I hate to be the one tell you this, but you are always being saturated with wifi and other radio waves...
     
  17. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    Technically MacRumors is in violation of the Apple Developer agreement by disclosing this information. This opens them to legal action from Apple. Journalistic freedom doesn't apply here.
     
  18. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Further reenforces Apple has made up their mind on this.

    I just wish there was a 3D Touch options with a toggle.
     
  19. wolfshades macrumors 6502

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    I remember the days when "off" meant "EVERYTHING OFF, NOT JUST SOME THINGS AND THEY STAY OFF UNTIL I SAY OTHERWISE". But now it's all conditional and temporary. *sigh* Good times.
     
  20. pentidoes macrumors 6502

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    iOS used to be such an elegant, simple and clear way of accessing a device.
    That was a long time ago.
     
  21. cablecartman macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, this indirectness or 'we know best' is disappointing. Advanced users who want to be able to disable wireless radios should not be required to dig through the labyrinth of Settings to do so. Change the Control Centre to be intuitive - its either on or off. If you don't want to do this by default, make it a Settings change to enable this what-you-see-is-what-you-get behaviour.
     
  22. appleofmyibook macrumors newbie

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    I love Apple so much but this is the one thing that makes me so mad.

    Users are not stupid. If we press to turn off WiFi and Bluetooth then that’s what we want. I don’t think it’s a far stretch to know what each one means what their functions are.

    I always toggle on and off to try and preserve as much of my battery as possible as I do find when they are both on and I am not in a WiFi zone, the battery drains faster. It’s very unlike Apple to do this and really surprises me. I just 3D Touch the settings page now and go into each one to turn on or off.
     
  23. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    We should have the option to choose our preference. But this is Apple, so they choose that they think is best for us :rolleyes:
     
  24. yanksfan114 macrumors regular

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    Lmao get out. It’s publicly available it doesn’t matter. Not like Apple has ever gone after someone for it anyway. Plus MR doesn’t claim that they have the betas, maybe it’s from a reliable source
     
  25. pentidoes macrumors 6502

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    Please contact the macrumours guys in private if you value their site. Otherwise this is just showing off.
     

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