iPhones Know When to Switch from Weak Wi-Fi to Cell Data with iOS 9

There’s a connectivity problem with Apple’s iPhone and other iOS devices: If you’re near a Wi-Fi source, they’ll cling to that source even if the signal is horrendous, effectively killing your Internet.

In iOS 9 beta, this problem is fixed with the Wi-Fi Assist feature, which will “automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor”. Turning on this feature might result in a higher phone bill, but could be a life saver when it comes to working without interruption.

The feature was discovered by 9to5Mac Thursday, along with a number of other new goodies when iOS 9 was released to registered developers. Highlights include 15 new wallpapers, radio station Beats 1 and Apple Music support in CarPlay and Wi-Fi Calling support for AT&T users (previously only available for T-Mobile customers.)

iOS 9 is scheduled to launch this fall for iPhone 4S and up, iPad 2 and up, and the fifth and sixth generations of iPod touch.

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