Many of the rumored features and specs of the impending iPhone 8 are already known by fans. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the handsets revolutionary design and concept, which is a new path for the Cupertino-based company. However, one aspect of the device has rarely been talked about, because no information worth noting has come to light about it. This aspect is the connectivity feature, Wi-Fi connectivity to be exact.

Beta testers of Apple’s iOS 11 have found a hidden feature, which the company has not advertised. This new aspect of the Wi-Fi connectivity is said to be an important change which could make the impending flagship device much simpler to use.

Interestingly, it does not improve the Wi-Fi signal reception but prevents the device from getting connected to some networks.

New feature prevents iPhone from connecting to weak networks

iOS 11 beta users have previously discovered a feature in the new Operating System which allows users to activate the auto-join feature on a particular network. This would free users from having to manually search for the network and then connect to it. However, the new feature which has been discovered by beta testers reveals that Apple has invented a way for its iOS 11 to recognize weak signal strengths and then remove it from the list of connectivity options.

Before this, a notification would pop up on the iPhones even while a person walked into a Starbucks or any other premises with Wi-Fi.

This notification asked the user’s permission if they wanted to connect to the network, but most of the times it was an added hassle for people to reject these connections manually. With this new feature, iPhone 8 users will no longer get these notifications, and such a query will only be posed to users when they are receiving a strong Wi-Fi signal, for instance inside a Starbucks café and not while passing outside.

This feature is something that Apple has been late on implementing in its devices. Android already possesses this aspect whereby, weak connection signals are scrubbed off from its system. The Android platform also inspired Apple to debut the Wi-Fi Assist feature, which switches the user from the Wi-Fi connection to their cellular data connection, if the former connectivity is lost.

Apple’s history of Wi-Fi related changes

Wi-Fi Assist was launched alongside the iOS 9 platform and was a well thought out feature. However, the feature was turned on by default, which caused users’ device to transfer over to cellular data from Wi-Fi without them knowing about it. This caused furor among fans who filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, as the feature caused them significant overages with the carriers.