Continuity was a huge theme at the WWDC keynote earlier this month. As part of this theme, Apple introduced a number of new features and improvements that took iOS-Mac integration to a whole new level. We’ve already covered Handoff and phone calls, and in this post, we tell you about Instant Hotspot, an improved version of Personal Hotspot.
If you’ve used Personal Hotspot before, you know that using it can be annoying at times given the number of steps needed to do to turn the hotspot on to share your iPhone’s LTE connection with your Mac. You need to go to Settings, turn on Personal Hotspot, head to your Mac, search for the Hotspot in the Wi-Fi menu and then enter the password.
iOS 8’s Instant Hotspot makes this process a lot easier. As the name suggests, the process is now instant, requiring absolutely no configuration. If your Mac or iPad isn’t getting Wi-Fi, and your iPhone is nearby, you’ll automatically see your iPhone’s hotspot in the Wi-Fi menu, and with just one click, you’ll be able to access the internet via your phone’s data connection.
You don’t need to fiddle around with your iPhone’s settings, there’s no need to enter a password, the connection is just available whenever you need it, as long as your iPhone’s nearby. You don’t have to worry about battery life, as the iPhone automatically disconnects if you’re not using the phone’s network.
Apple’s hasn’t specified how this feature actually works under-the-hood, but we’re guessing it’s a combination of iCloud, Bluetooth 4 LE and of course Wi-Fi.
If you’re a frequent user of Personal Hotspot, iOS 8’s Instant Hotspot will be a very welcome change, and will make it way easier to get on the internet as quickly as possible.
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