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  • Apple to Change VPN On Demand Behavior in iOS 6.1 Due to Lawsuit with VirnetX


    The Loop recently discussed a new Apple support document that discloses that the Cupertino California company will be changing the behavior of the VPNN On Demand feature on iOS devices running iOS 6.1 or later via a software update that is said to be released later this month. The changes have necessitated by a $368 million judgment against Apple late last year in a patent lawsuit brought by VirnetX. The online support document states the following:

    Devices using iOS 6.1 and later with VPN On Demand configured to "Always" will behave as if they were configured with the "Establish if needed" option. The device will establish a VPN On Demand connection only if it is unable to resolve the DNS name of the host it is trying to reach. This change will be distributed in an update later this month.
    The support document outlines a number of different scenarios in which this may cause difficulties for users, including when contacting servers that present different internal and external content or which resolve externally but canít be contacted. Apple suggests that users who experience these issues should turn on VPN manually as needed for the time being, a suggestion that is a potentially significant inconvenience for users needing to make extensive use of the feature.

    For those of you who donít know about it, VPN stands for virtual private networking and is most commonly used by corporate users to access company networks, allowing a user to securely connect to a private network via public networks as if his or her device were directly on the private network itself.

    The Cupertino California company says that it will address the issue with other alternatives in a future software update, but has given no indication on what options will be available to users and when that update may appear. Weíll just have to and see when the update is released.

    Source: The Loop via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Change VPN On Demand Behavior in iOS 6.1 Due to Lawsuit with VirnetX started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post


      The Loop recently discussed a new Apple support document that discloses that the Cupertino California company will be changing the behavior of the VPNN On Demand feature on iOS devices running iOS 6.1 or later via a software update that is said to be released later this month. The changes have necessitated by a $368 million judgment against Apple late last year in a patent lawsuit brought by VirnetX. The online support document states the following:



      The support document outlines a number of different scenarios in which this may cause difficulties for users, including when contacting servers that present different internal and external content or which resolve externally but canít be contacted. Apple suggests that users who experience these issues should turn on VPN manually as needed for the time being, a suggestion that is a potentially significant inconvenience for users needing to make extensive use of the feature.

      For those of you who donít know about it, VPN stands for virtual private networking and is most commonly used by corporate users to access company networks, allowing a user to securely connect to a private network via public networks as if his or her device were directly on the private network itself.

      The Cupertino California company says that it will address the issue with other alternatives in a future software update, but has given no indication on what options will be available to users and when that update may appear. Weíll just have to and see when the update is released.

      Source: The Loop via MacRumors
      6.1 has gone around already. Just a reminder
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Maybe the writer forgot to add .4 after 6.1
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      I guess Apple isn't the only one who sues after all like all you negative Nancy's seem to think and comment on. Try searching Samsung lead lawsuits, out numbers Apples.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Just curious as to how apple will implement this into an older iOS...
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Maybe the writer forgot to add .4 after 6.1
      What are you guys talking about. There is no need for that .4?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      @Pokemon: To change the VPN implementation, don't apple need to release 6.1.4?
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Maybe the writer forgot to add .4 after 6.1
      Maybe........