Starting June 1st All Apps Submitted to the App Store Must Support IPv6-Only Networking

Starting June 1st All Apps Submitted to the App Store Must Support IPv6-Only Networking

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Apple has announced that starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. IPv6 was developed to deal with the long anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion. It provides an identification and location system for computers on a network. IPv4 only supports about 4.3 billion addresses; whereas, IPv6 supports 7.9 x 10^28 times that many.

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. You can learn how to make the necessary changes by reading this support document and watching the 'Your App and Next Generation Networks' video.


Starting June 1st All Apps Submitted to the App Store Must Support IPv6-Only Networking
Great - May 5, 2016 at 1:34pm
Of course. Internet of things demands it. But also because Apple Watches will need it. Imagine when the power of the iPhone gets shrunk down to the size that fits into the Apple Watch. That's the future of where it is headed. The near future iPhone isn't a single device - it is a combination of things like the watch, the glasses, the wireless buds. That way, you can hear, speak, see with AR and VR with your watch as the brain centre. Voice controls, gestures, screen size no longer a concern.
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