“Noticed your iPhone and Mac’s Wi-Fi weren’t so good over the last year?” Owen Williams reports for CIO. “You’re not alone, and Apple is finally fixing it, albeit quietly.”
“For the better part of twelve years, Apple used a single piece of software called ‘mDNSResponder’ to manage much of your Mac’s networking… In general, it worked flawlessly,” Williams reports. “When OS X Yosemite rolled around in late 2014, Apple decided to rip out the trusty DNS responder and replaced it with a new process called ‘discoveryd.’ …The replacement appeared to be related to the new Airdrop to iPhone feature that was part of the update.”
“The problems with discoveryd have been vast and unpredictable. You’ve probably run into at least one: duplicate computer names, random crashes, slow page loading, slow reconnection after sleep — the list goes on,” Williams reports. “At WWDC we’ve learned that Apple has killed discoveryd in both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 and mDNSResponder is back once again. When we get the updates later this year, your devices’ Wi-Fi should be a lot more reliable.”
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