Lawsuit Forces Apple to Cripple iOS VPN On Demand


Do you use your iPhone or iPad for work, school, or anything else that requires a VPN connection? Considering how many iOS users are out there, no doubt a load of you rely on VPNs for something or other, and you if do, you may have been enjoying the VPN On Demand feature in iOS 6.1. However, a company called VirnetX wasn’t too happy about how Apple was going about its automatic VPN system, and took Apple to court over the matter. As a result, Apple is modifying how VPN On Demand behaves.

Basically, the VPN On Demand “Always” setting is going to have its functionality severely reduced, and will instead behave as if it were set to “Establish if needed.” That means that unless the site you’re trying to access has a domain name that is only resolvable with the VPN active, it’s not going to kick-on by itself. Instead, you’ll have to manually trigger the VPN.

Apple says that it will “address this functionality with alternatives in a future software update,” but there’s no word on how flexible those solutions may be, nor on when they might arrive. For now, it suggests users set up for “Always” manually try moving to “Establish if needed” in order to trouble-shoot any issues before the change becomes permanent.

This is far from the first time we’ve seen smartphone companies have to take features away due to a lawsuit.

Source: Apple
Via: Redmond Pie

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!