IOS beta explains WiFi and Bluetooth controls with notifications

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2017

iOS 11 introduced some of the biggest changes in the mobile platform we've seen in years. This change apparently does not resolve the security concern, which should be minor for most users, but at least it does explain what's happening behind the scenes more clearly so said users can make their own decisions on how to use Control Center.

But it will soon change that with iOS 11.2, as the third beta version of the software shows the following messages whenever users try to disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from the Control Center. Apple likely made the convenient-yet-confusing changes to the Control Center to make it easier for a majority of users who want to disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for whatever reason, but still want to use Apple-specific features like Handoff, AirDrop, and AirPlay, as well as Apple accessories like the Apple Watch. There wasn't any in-device explanation that the wi-fi chips or Bluetooth remained on, leaving the phones open to potential wireless attacks during a zero day vulnerability or enabled through malware. The iOS 11 only let you toggle between connected and disconnected, even though it used the old disabled/turned off icon to indicate disconnection.

You connect to a Wi-Fi (Bluetooth) network using Settings Wi-Fi (Settings Bluetooth).

Unless you've been closely reading iOS 11 news the past weeks, you would probably never know that, which was the point of contention of some users. The messages also explain that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not totally disconnected in this case, however, they will still function to allow some features and devices to work with that iDevice. In the current iOS 11.2 beta, however, toggling either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from the Control Center will popup an appropriate message.

Note that the change is only a beta, so Apple could still decide the fix isn't a particularly good solution before pushing it out to users.

The popup says the following for the Wifi: "Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Until Tomorrow". Currently Connected accessories will be disconnected and other accessories will not connect. It seems that Apple will indeed do that next release, unless it changes its mind before then.

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