By all accounts, Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12 to be followed by an official launch 9 days later on Friday, September 21. And along with some schmancy new hardware, we’ll also see the release of Apple’s next-gen mobile OS – iOS 6.
Apple in recent days has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 6 to developers, and MacRumors nots that a new addition to the OS is a “Wi-Fi Plus Cellular” setting which lets users toggle on and off the option to have a device use cellular data for data transmission when Wi-Fi connectivity is shoddy. This is a much welcome change as I’ve experienced myself the phenomenon of trying to download an app or listen to music via Wi-Fi on a spotty connection when some extra legwork from a cellular connection would certainly come in handy.
Less clear is the purpose of the series of controls below that. There are individual On/Off switches to use cellular data for iCloud Documents, iTunes, FaceTime, Passbook Updates and Reading List. Some believe these are a submenu setting for the Wi-Fi Plus Cellular control, allowing tasks such as downloading music from iTunes or syncing iCloud Documents to require the use of Wi-Fi — forbidding some apps from connecting via Cellular Data while others are allowed to.