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Apple Addresses WiFi Assist with Data Counter

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Jan 12, 2016, 5:52 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Apple has added a small feature to WiFi Assist in iOS 9.3 that displays how much cellular data the tool is using. WiFi Assist forces iPhones off of weak WiFi signals in favor of stronger cellular data signals. It was added to iOS to combat slow network performance when iPhones doggedly remained connected to crummy WiFi even when strong LTE was available. Some users have complained, however, that they ran up large cellular bills by surfing over LTE when they thought they were using WiFi. Now, WiFi Assist clearly shows how much cellular data has been consumed with the WiFi Assist function is turned on.

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Jan 12, 2016, 7:06 PM

Are people that lazy

Whatever happened to connecting to wifi on your own, and disconnecting when it was awful on your own. I do it on my android phone and always turn off connection manager.
Wifi Assist should be off by default. That's the problem. It's not ethical to add a feature that screws your customer and then complain that they're too lazy to turn it off.

Jan 12, 2016, 6:34 PM

That's always the way with Apple

Do something sleazy that screws the customer over and then brag about how awesome you are when you fix it.
not sure how this is considered sleazy its not like Apple is getting paid for the data overages or service
Apple did not do anything wrong here, Phones have "connection managers" on them all the time.

People are still not going to look at this because the general population happen to be idiots when it comes to tech, all they know is how to click instagr...

Jan 13, 2016, 10:17 AM


I don't think the data counter there will do much. People obviously aren't looking where the toggle is and thus won't see the counter. If they've moved the toggle then maybe.
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