Surf away: iOS 7's secret feature keeps the mobile web connected
Few tech issues are more frustrating to a smartphone user than a website taking forever to load, or having to relocate a favorite video because you dared to transition from a free WiFi connection to your phone's LTE connection.
Have you ever been trapped waiting for a page to finish loading on a slow WiFi connection, knowing your phone's data plan could've handled the load much more efficiently? What happens when the high-speed WiFi you connected to earlier in the day is assailed by someone surely on a Sherlock marathon?
While wireless carriers have continued working hard to reduce the incidences of dropped phone calls, nobody has been able to break the cycle of online content being strangled by slow WiFi connections or throttled 3G traffic. Swapping between data plan and WiFi connections can often be a pain.
If stories are true, your path to steady-connection salvation might be as simple as downloading Apple's new iOS 7 operating system.
According to Technorati Top 100 Overall listing UberGizmo, a cutting edge mobile connection technology known as Multi-Path TCP will allow iPhones running the latest iOS iteration the ability to 'shop' the best connection between WiFi, 3G, or LTE connections, real-time, to ensure that your web pages or downloads, YouTube videos or streaming songs never skip a beat.
The technology, also known simply as MPTCP, doesn't require any new hardware, as it is a software based solution designed to shift connections while seamlessly keeping your content loading. If you can download and install iOS 7, you can use the new tech. Leave the hotel while watching something new on Netflix? Keep on walking - just watch out for that fire hydrant. Your iPhone should swap effortlessly from the patchy hotel WiFi to your ever-strong LTE connection.
To activate MPTCP, simply install iOS 7 and use Siri. Your phone will then do the rest for you automatically, keeping you connected as best it can, while others simply continue to glare at their phones.
According to Quartz.com, the technology is five years in the making, and is a harbinger of what we can all expect in future mobile connectivity.
Have you had iMessages drop when you moved between buildings? Wanted to stomp on your iPhone as it choked on a download over WiFi? If so, tell us if MPTCP will finally push you to download and use iOS 7.