If you have upgraded to iOS 11, and are completely swooned by the sheer ease of access to multiple features right from the Control Center, then it is time for a reality check. Through the redesigned Control Center, you can toggle between Wi-Fi and cellular network with a simple swipe up and tap. However, latest reports suggest that doing so does not actually turn off/on the feature. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
As Motherboard reports, the shortcut to control connectivity options does not actually deactivate the actual radios. By toggling between Wi-Fi and cellular network, iOS 11 shortcut in the Control Center is essentially only disconnecting connected devices or disconnecting from networks, while allowing them to run in the background. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
By keeping the radios running in the background, Apple wants to keep features such as AirDrop, Handoff, geolocation services, and communication with a paired Apple Watch intact. This basically defeats the purpose of having the shortcut to control connectivity in the Control Center. The whole idea of placing the shortcuts in the swipe up menu was to reduce the number of scrolls and taps required to scan through the settings panel for individual functions. RELATED: iOS 11 now supports Screen Recording: Here s how to use this feature
Although Apple’s move is to avoid disconnecting the Apple Watch accidentally (in case you are not using the newer LTE version), it poses an unnecessary security risk, while also straining the device’s performance and battery. For instance, keeping Wi-Fi or Bluetooth switched on consumes more battery. In addition to that, with Wi-Fi enabled purposelessly, there is also a potential hacking risk to the device. If someone wants to switch it off, the shortcut needs to execute exactly the intended function.
Whether Apple will bring a fix in future updates is something we can’t be sure of right now, however, if you have upgraded to the newest iOS 11 and want to fully switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cellular data, then you will have to go to the good old settings panel, and manually disable it. DON’T MISS: iOS 11: It’s beyond just an upgrade, here’s your guide to get familiar with the new iPhone, iPad OS