Cisco, Apple Partnership on Display in iOS 10
In addition, Cisco is helping Apple devices to optimize their WiFi connectivity. In most cases, when a mobile device is searching for a wireless access point (AP) for WiFi connectivity, they'll hook up to the AP with the strongest signal, which is usually the closest one, according to Cisco officials. If users begin to move around with their devices and the signal fades, the device will scan up to 25 channels to find the next strongest signal. However, with the new features in iOS 10, when the iPhone or iPad connects to a Cisco wireless network, the Cisco AP uses 802.11k to offer a list of the top six neighboring APs, which reduces the time and battery power needed to check for connectivity, according to Cicso's Reed. In addition, the device will connect to the AP that has the best signal and utilization rate—rather than the AP that is closest—which means the iPhone will connect to the one that is the least busy with the highest speed and performance. There also is a "handshake" between the devices and Cisco technology that allow for fast security negotiation and fast roaming for improved performance as the iPhones and iPads jump from one AP to the next. Also, when the Apple devices are connected to a Cisco network, applications can be prioritized based on importance. IT managers can select apps they want to prioritize over other traffic via a configuration profile on the iOS device. When the device joins a Cisco network, the AP activates the profile.