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iOS Shakes up Ethernet Connectivity Settings

March 10, 2017

While Apple devices running iOS have had the ability to handle Ethernet connectivity for quite some time now, there really hasn't been much in the way of a user interface (UI) devoted to handling those connections directly. Recently, Apple modified iOS 10.2 to offer a new connectivity control mechanism specifically geared toward Ethernet connectivity, a point that will likely help improve the user experience on that front that much more.

With the new interface in place, users will be able to, for example, connect an Ethernet adapter using the Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter Apple offers, and then be able to modify the settings accordingly on an Ethernet preference panel that will automatically show up below the Wi-Fi section in the Settings function. This is good news for those who use hardwired Ethernet connections with iOS devices, according to the function's developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

Early tests staged at 9to5Mac revealed that the new solution worked as advertised while running on a Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter, allowing Ethernet options to be selected from there.  There's even some potential to have multiple Ethernet adapters connected to one central iOS device, which could have some unexpected implications all its own. It's been suggested that users have Ethernet adapters as well as a powered hub on hand to provide the necessary power to run said adapters, though in some cases, this isn't always necessary.

With the rise of multi-gigabit Ethernet increasingly showing up in homes and offices—and in some cases on the road—all over, it's worth most companies' time to better look into how to supply connectivity to this resource. Apple is no different; users put Apple products to use in stationary environments as well as mobile ones, so for Apple to make a few moves in accommodating the users who aren't doing a lot of traveling only makes sense here. Multi-gigabit Ethernet won't be going away any time soon, and as connectivity methods improve to match, making devices that can take full advantage of this connectivity only makes sense.

Apple's move to accommodate Ethernet users will likely prove well-received by those Apple fans out there who take their devices everywhere, even nowhere in particular. It's a bit of a surprise it took this long to get there, but better late than never.

Edited by Alicia Young

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