Apple is developing a feature to stop the iPhone from connecting to poor-quality Wi-Fi connections

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A new iOS 11 feature that showed up in the software’s latest beta release is designed to prevent the iPhone from connecting to spotty Wi-Fi connections, The Verge reports.

The idea is that, particularly in public and crowded places (like a café), the iPhone will be able to automatically detect poor Wi-Fi connections and delete them from the list of available ones.

iOS already has a similar feature, Wi-Fi Assist, which was introduced with iOS 9 two years ago; that feature, however, was meant to switch users off a bad network after they had connected to it, while iOS 11 seeks to remove potentially bad networks from the start.

If you have the “Ask to join network” option enabled, you apparently won’t get the annoying pop-up notifications that show up every time you walk by a public space with open Wi-Fi.

iOS 11 also introduced a handy auto-join button, on the other hand, which may come in handy to select certain Wi-Fi networks a user trusts and may want to automatically join all the time.