Re: [v6ops] Apple and IPv6, a few clarifications

David Schinazi <> Fri, 26 June 2015 18:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: [v6ops] Apple and IPv6, a few clarifications
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Sorry about the confusion, "bringing up IPv4 specifically" was speculation on my end.
I did mean a separate APN that could be used for hotspots and/or systems that do not support IPv6.
To support an IPv4-only device on a personal hotspot from an IPv6-only iOS handset, we would need some
type of translation from v4 to v6 on the iOS device. We currently do not provide that.


> On Jun 24, 2015, at 00:58, Heatley, Nick <> wrote:
> From: v6ops [ <>] On Behalf Of David Schinazi
> Sent: 24 June 2015 08:16
> To: <>
> Cc: Vividh Siddha
> Subject: Re: [v6ops] Apple and IPv6, a few clarifications
> Hi again,
> First off, thanks everyone for the feedback and advice!
> Here's an attempt at answering the questions that arose since my last post.
> *) Personal hotspot on iOS
> Currently the hotspot shares whatever address families it gets from the cellular network.
> The current implementation broadcasts an IPv6-only network if the cellular network is of that type,
> but I could imagine carriers bringing up IPv4 specifically when using this feature. Our custom version
> of prefix sharing is described in more detail here:
> <>
> It supports creating multiple hotspots at the same time, such as Wi-FI and Bluetooth and bridges them.
> [Heatley, Nick] Thanks for sharing the information, David.
> When you say you imagine carries bringing up IPv4 specifically for personal hotspot, not sure what you mean - do you mean a parallel, dedicated “hotspot APN”?
> Many carriers across the globe, for their own individual business reasons, have a common APN approach for the mass consumer market, but nevertheless desire this common APN to go IPv6-only.
> So I am nervous about how to support *any* device on a personal hotspot from an IPv6-only iOS handset in this way, do you have any more details on your intentions here?
> Thanks for the discussion. Nick
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