One of the new features available on the new software is the iPhone Control Center. If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen it allows you to toggle options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and torch mode at the touch of the button.
In Apple’s own documentation they say:
In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories.
Sounds like a useful addition.
Except, users are noticing that it doesn’t do this at all.
Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi remain “available”, and potentially exposed to cyberattacks.
Apple’s own documentation admits this freely:
Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use these important features:
- Apple Pencil
- Apple Watch
- Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot
- Instant Hotspot
- Location Services
Given that Bluetooth has recently been cited as a potential cyberattack vulnerability for smartphone users, the fact you cannot turn it off completely via control centre seems like an oversight.
Especially for a phone that costs nearly £1000.
You can still turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi completely through the settings app.
Apple have yet to comment on the design move.