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.