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Apple has released a new developer tool that prioritizes 5G over WiFi with shaky connections

Iphone 12 5g
Iphone 12 5g (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released a new developer tool in the form of an installable profile.
  • The tool prioritizes 5G over WiFi if the WiFi connection is found to be slow or insecure.

A new tool for developers might fix the dreaded situation of slow performance because you are hanging on for hope with a slow WiFi network.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple has released a new tool that will enable developers to prioritize a 5G connection over WiFi if the WiFi connection is insecure or slow. The feature will work with iPhones and iPads running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

The tool comes in the form of a profile called "5G Preferred Over Wi-Fi" that developers can install on devices running the fourth or later beta of iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.

5G devices running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 can automatically prioritize connecting via 5G instead of WiFi when the performance of WiFi networks you visit occasionally is slow, or when you are connected to captive or insecure WiFi networks. Install the 5G Preferred Over Wi-Fi profile ("profile") on devices running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Beta 4 or greater to greatly increase the likelihood of seeing 5G preferred over Wi-Fi connections and to ensure your networking path logic is optimized for situations where 5G will be preferred. For more information, see https://developer.apple.com/5g/.

5g Iphone

5g Iphone (Image credit: Apple)

As mentioned in the report, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 already contains a feature that will prefer a 5G connection over a WiFi connection if the performance of the 5G connection is better. This latest tool will seek to improve that capability even further.

5G first came to Apple with the introduction of the iPhone 12 back in 2020. Apple is expected to launch iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 this fall alongside a slew of new products, including the iPhone 13.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.