Apple’s newest beta version of iOS 14 has a setting that will change the way people connect and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks. While other operating systems, including Android 10, already had this feature, it has much broader implications for Apple devices because the adoption rate of new iOS versions is so much higher than on Android. Also, Apple has gone a step further with iOS 14 and added automatic randomization of the MAC address every 24 hours, whereas on Android, it stays consistent for each network after joining. The way the industry has been trending, this really isn’t that surprising.
This blog post was originally posted on October 26, 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
The Wi-Fi Alliance® recently released specifications for release 3 (r3) of Hotspot 2.0. Primarily, this release focused on the Hotspot 2.0 profile’s interaction with networks and aims to streamline the user experience installing the profile. If you want to learn more about the basics of Hotspot 2.0, check out our previous blog post, How Hotspot 2.0 Streamlines Guest Wi-Fi Access.
Today, great Wi-Fi is about more than just connecting devices—it is about connecting people to your brand. People spend more than 50% of their time on Wi-Fi. Your guest network must be able to not only handle this growing traffic, but also to identify and engage your most loyal guests.
From 5G to Wi-Fi 6 to Hotspot 2.0, it can be hard to keep up with all of the advancements in wireless communication and networking. Below we outline our top 8 predictions for the Wi-Fi industry in 2019 and what technologies you really need to pay attention to and why.