At the North American IPv6 Summit held in Denver last week, Apple received criticism for not providing support for the next-generation of the Internet Protocol (IP) in the latest version of Apple’s AirPort Utility.
The criticism came from several speakers at the conference, most notably from John Brzozowski, a Comcast distinguished engineer who is considered to be one of the chief architects of IPv6. Speaking about AirPort Utility 6.0, Brzozowski was quoted on NetworkWorld:
“Apple has taken the ability to seamlessly support IPv6 away from the AirPort Utility. It’s a little concerning. We hoped to see more IPv6 support, not less, among [customer premises equipment] vendors.”
Previous versions of the AirPort Utility allowed AirPort owners to configure and maintain settings for IPv6. However, the latest version only provides support for IPv4. In order to provide support for IPv6, Comcast recommended that AirPort Utility version 5.6 should be installed alongside the newer version.
IPv6 is expected to be deployed widely starting in 2012, primarily due to the need for a larger number of available IP addresses. Companies such as Comcast need to support IPv6 end to end. Home gateways need to provide IPv6 support as well. All Apple hardware supports IPv6 addressing, but the changes to AirPort Utility present are posing a major barrier to adoption of the new protocol for users of Apple’s networking products.