iOS 14 compatibility tests and workarounds

by | Sep 11, 2020 | Development

EasyVFR 3 and 4 with iOS 14

Apple are working hard towards a release of a new version of the operating system for your iPad or iPhone (iOS). iOS 14 is currently in beta, meaning it’s being tested but may still contain issues that need attention before it can be fully released to everyone.

We have tested both EasyVFR 3 and 4 on the latest iOS 14 beta version, and we haven’t found any problems at this time. However, when you are using an external device to receive traffic, GPS, routes, weather or data from a flight simulator, a new type of privacy permission is now required. Below you will find the workaround for both EasyVFR 4 and EasyVFR 3.
For the rest, EasyVFR runs fine on iOS 14 as far as we can now tell, though there may still be changes in the final (Golden Master) version.

If you rely on an iPhone and/or iPad for flight planning and navigation with EasyVFR, it might be a good idea to disable automatic updating of iOS on those devices temporarily, so to prevent nasty surprises just before take-off.

Turn automatic iOS updates off.

Turning that automatic update off, for now, is quite easy to do. Tap Settings, General and on the right-hand side tap Software Update. At the bottom of the page is an option which allows you to turn automatic updates off. You can always switch it back on in the same way.

Set permission to connect to a device via a local network.

This is required reading for everyone who connects to an external device using wifi to receive traffic data, GPS, routes and weather such as SkyEcho 2, Stratus, Dynon SkyView,  FLARM, or xConn, XMapsy and so on.

While testing EasyVFR 3 and 4 combined with iOS 14 beta we discovered that iOS 14 does not automatically display the “Find and connect to devices on your local network” pop-up. Obviously, we will release an updated version of EasyVFR so that question will pop-up automatically. Until then, we have found a workaround so you can trigger the permission yourself.

When an app listens over the UDP protocol nothing happens. But as soon as you let it listen over the TCP protocol, iOS 14 shows the “Find and connect to devices on your local network” pop-up where the user can give his permission. In EasyVFR we can use this as a workaround to trigger the permission pop-up.

Workaround for EasyVFR 4.

  1. Connect the device that runs EasyVFR 4 to the local wifi network of your external data sending device.
  2. Go to EasyVFR 4 menu -> System -> Electronic Conspicuity Settings -> FLARM ButterFly/AirConnect.
  3. Enable “Monitor for FLARM equipment”.
  4. Tap [Yes] in the first pop-up. Tap [OK] in the second pop-up.
  5. Disable “Monitor for FLARM equipment” again.
  6. Done! Now you can receive data via a local network.

Once the permission is given, the apps should be listed in the iOS local network settings: iOS/ macOS Settings > Privacy > Local Network.

Workaround for EasyVFR 3.

  1. Find the IP address of the device that is the host of the local network, typically a router. Most of the time it is the local wifi network’s IP address ending in a 1, something like :
  2. With EasyVFR 3 go to Menu > Nav Tools -> Settings -> FLARM Settings.
  3. Enable “Use FLARM” and enable “FLARM GPS as EasyVFR GPS”.
  4. At “WiFly IP Address:” set the IP address from step one.
  5. Make sure that “Used protocol” is set to “TCP”.
  6. Tap [GO]. Then tap [Back].
  7. Tap in the pop-up at [OK].
  8. Now you can disable the “FLARM settings” again.

Once the permission is given, the app should be listed in the iOS local network settings: [iOS/ macOS Settings] -> [Privacy] -> [ Local Network].

Did you find another issue regarding iOS 14?

If you find any other issues using one of our products with iOS 14, please contact us using the button “Need a hand?” at the right bottom corner on this page.

Blue skies,
The EasyVFR 4 Team

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