Wifi can be used in Airplane mode now.

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  1. gMacbookPro macrumors member

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    I just checked when I turn in Airplane mode.
    Wifi and bluetooth can turn on.
    This is new feature in iOS 6 :)
     
  2. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    no its not
    iv'e been using wifi and bluetooth with airplane mode since 4.0 or earlier lol
     
  3. applefan022 macrumors 6502

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    I thought mine has always done that. Just enable Airplane mode first then you can turn on wifi. Do it on an airplane every week for the past couple years.....
     
  4. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    It's been that way for a long time. Not new to 6.0 in any way.
     
  5. unknownbeing macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to burst your bubble but we are able to do this in iOS 4
     
  6. fronesis macrumors member

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    Yes, you can do it.

    No, it's nothing new. Airplane mode completely turns off the cellular radio and it will turn wifi off as well, but you have always been able to turn the wifi back on while still in airplane mode. I can do it right now on my 3GS running iOS 5.1
     
  7. saving107 macrumors 603

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    this feature has been around since iOS 3.0, maybe even earlier.
     
  8. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Been doing it forever.
     
  9. applefan022 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe even iOS 1.0 lol
     
  10. Wise87 macrumors 6502

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    I did it last month on a flight. Loved having wifi during those long flights.
     
  11. gMacbookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    lol. sorry!
    i dont travel much. thats why i just found out on ios6...

    :p
     
  12. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    I always thought Airplane mode cut off everything, well this is good to know now
     
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    It cuts everything off but you can turn it back on and stay in airplane mode. ;)
     
  14. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

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    Wish we could turn GPS back on while in airplane mode, too.

    Regards,
    Tom
     
  15. Kaelbron macrumors member

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    Not to create a new thread as I write this. What is the difference with airplane mode and not airplane mode on an a wifi-only iPad? You could turn on wifi, bluetooth, etc even in airplane mode.
     
  16. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    I'm guessing it's more of a "turn every thing off at once switch". Just a convienience thing. But they just call it airplane mode for familiarity to the consumer. That's my guess anyway.
     
  17. upnorth85 macrumors 6502

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    Some iPads also contain a SIM option. So airplane mode is SIM off, Bluetooth off and Wi-Fi off. Later you can switch on what ever you want.

     
  18. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were able to turn on back with the iPhone 3G and IOS 2.0.
     
  19. Kaelbron macrumors member

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    Feels strange to wonder how it will be late when iOS 7, where you can turn off all such things directly via control center.

    I know there are models of the iPad as more expensive than Wifi model where one can insert sim card so you can surf anywhere.

    Now I ask why is there such a function in Wifi iPad where you can NOT have a sim card?

    For the only difference I see is that instead of the iPad is at the top left, it's an icon of an airplane.

    Do you understand what i mean?
     
  20. dave420, Jul 28, 2013
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    It could be helpful if you were on an airplane and wanted to show that the device was in a mode that is safe for operation. That way the flight attendant doesn't need to know the details about exactly which model you have.


    You are right. Accoridng to Wikipedia this feature was added in version 2.0.
     

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