toggle

AAPL Stock: 112.94 ( + 1.16 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Apple working on AirPort Utility app for iOS

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon October 10, 2011

Could appear alongside iOS 5

Apple is preparing to launch a specific AirPort Utility app for iOS, users of the iOS 5 Gold Master have discovered. One planned feature for the platform has been the ability to configure an AirPort router. Within the iOS 5 GM, though, a pop-up appears if AirPort owners tap a special a button under Wi-Fi settings labelled Manage This Network. "Managing networks requires AirPort Utility," it states. "Would you like to download it from the App Store?"

Hitting "OK" opens up a non-functional iTunes link. When the app might go live is uncertain, but a likely candidate is October 12th, when iOS 5 itself will be made public. iCloud and the Cards app are also set to debut that day, all in the run-up to the launch of the iPhone 4S on October 14th.

The ability to configure a router without a Mac or Windows system is likely a part of Apple's "PC Free" strategy, which with the introduction of iCloud and iOS 5 will allow iOS devices to function without ever syncing to iTunes. Apple is thought to be moving in the direction of making iOS a full-scale operating system, possibly merged with the Mac OS. Even before iOS 5 was announced Apple began taking some steps toward the PC Free concept with initiatives like AirPrint.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. TheAppleFreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    FINALLY

    It'll be nice to not have to go on my computer to change my password when I realize my next door neighbors are mooching off of my wireless again.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Finally

    How do you know your neighbors are mooching your wireless.

    And how do they get your password? Or are Apple's routers so insecure they're easily hacked?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lackin ...

toggle

Most Commented