Apple will improve the security of hotspots that you set up with your iPhone or iPad with the upcoming iOS 15: With iOS 15, support for the improved WPA3 protocol will start in autumn.
With the launch of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, presumably in September, the security of iPhones and iPads as WLAN hotspots will be fundamentally improved. In the future, Apple will integrate support for the improved WPA3 protocol into the new operating system – at least that’s what the MacRumors reports. Accordingly, the WPA3 support should help to make the wireless hotspots more secure.
iPhone and iPad users will already be familiar with using their devices as a WiFi hotspot by connecting their other devices to share their iPhone’s cellular connection. However, these improvised hotspots are currently only able to offer connectivity via WPA2.
Tests Are Underway
While Apple devices are generally already able to connect to existing WPA3 networks, the iPhone’s own iOS hotspot function has so far not offered the option of using the protocol. iOS 15 is supposed to change that. In the first beta versions of iOS 15, which are currently only available for developers, the hotspot function has remained largely the same as with WPA2 in iOS 14. The changes mainly relate to the connectivity between the devices, so they are only “under the hood”.
For all iPhone users who can later switch to iOS 15, the improvement will be available from autumn. WPA3 is not the solution to all security-related problems, because this standard has already been cracked. Of course, WPA3 did not completely reinvent protected WLAN access, but rather revised the old WPA2 and added additional functions.
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