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VMware Horizon Client for iOS Release Notes

Horizon Client for iOS 4.4 | 16 March 2017

Last Updated: 16 March 2017

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for iOS makes it easy to access your Windows or Linux remote desktop or hosted Windows remote desktops and applications from your iPhone or iPad with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Work the way you want to - Use your iPad or iPhone to use a remote desktop or application from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol from VMware means your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Best of both worlds - For the mobile device world, Horizon Client supports native iPad and iPhone gestures for quick and easy navigation around your remote desktop. The full-screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the remote desktop or application. The Unity Touch sidebar makes it easy to browse, search, open, and close Windows applications and files, minimize windows, and switch between running applications, all without using the Windows Start menu or Taskbar.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for iOS is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon 7 for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your remote desktop or application by selecting it on the Recent page.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol mean your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or from your 3G, 4G, or LTE connected iPhone or iPad.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is always secure. With RSA soft token integration, you need enter only your RSA PIN into Horizon Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility. Horizon Client also supports RADIUS authentication and smart card authentication.

Note: You can use remote applications only if you are connected to a VMware Horizon 6.0 with View or later server.

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What's New in This Release

  • Support for Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT)
    With the VMware Blast display protocol, Horizon Client for iOS uses TCP networking when it connects to a server or BEAT if the agent and Blast Secure Gateway (if enabled) support BEAT connectivity. You can select network condition options to use only TCP networking or BEAT networking.
  • Hide security information for enhanced security
    A Horizon 7 version 7.1 administrator can configure global settings to hide security information in Horizon Client for iOS, including server URL information and the Domain drop-down menu. To authenticate when the Domain drop-down menu is hidden in Horizon Client, you must provide domain information by entering your user name in the format domain\username or username@domain in the User name text box.
  • Restart a remote desktop
    You can restart a remote desktop from Horizon Client for iOS. Restarting a remote desktop is the equivalent of the Windows operating system restart command.
  • Widget support
    If you have an iOS 10 or later device, you can add the Horizon Client widget to your device's Search screen.
  • AirWatch integration enhancements
    An administrator can push default user name and domain information to client devices that are integrated with AirWatch.
  • Remember touchpad settings
    If you are logged in to a remote desktop when you change the touchpad settings, your touchpad settings are retained the next time you connect to the remote desktop or application from the same iOS device.
  • Support for App Transport Security (ATS) for enhanced security
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2k support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2k.


For Horizon Client for iOS, both the user interface and the documentation are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for iOS requires iOS 8.4.1 and later, including iOS 9.x and iOS 10.
  • Horizon Client for iOS is supported with the latest maintenance release of View 5.3.x and later releases.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for iOS just as you do any other iOS app, by going to the Apple Store. For a link to the Horizon Client app in the Apple Store, go to the Horizon Client Downloads page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon Client for iOS.
  • In iOS 10, the SSLv3 cryptographic protocol and the RC4 symmetric cipher suite are disabled. To use RSA SecurID authentication with an iOS 10 device, an administrator must make sure that the RSA server meets the iOS security requirement. For information, see
  • Beginning with version 2.9, VMware Access Point is renamed to VMware Unified Access Gateway. This change is not yet reflected in the Horizon 7 version 7.1 and Horizon Client 4.4 documentation sets.

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Resolved Issues

No known issues were resolved in this release.

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Known Issues

  • The Unity Touch sidebar cannot show changes in the All Programs menu for new software that you install during that same session.
    Workaround: In order to see items for new software that you just installed, disconnect from the desktop and then connect again.
  • The Shift key in the top row of the onscreen keyboard or in the navigation keys is for entering key combinations, such as Ctrl+Shift. If you need to capitalize a letter or type an exclamation point (!) or question mark (?) or other symbol that you create by using the Shift key, use the up arrow as you would in the standard onscreen keyboard.
    Workaround: None.
  • When you connect to an RDS (Remote Desktop Session) desktop with the PCoIP display protocol, a license is issued to your iOS device. If you later connect to the same RDS desktop with a third-party app that uses RDP (such as Microsoft Remote Desktop), a second license is issued to your iOS device. This problem occurs because PCoIP and RDP record different names for your device on the license server. For example, if your iPhone is named Jane's iPhone, PCoIP records the name as JANES-IPHONE and RDP records the name as Jane-s-iPhone.
    Workaround: None.
  • If multiple Horizon clients connect to the same RDS desktop or remote application simultaneously and map to a location-based printer with the same name, the printer appears in the first client session, but not in later client sessions.
    Workaround: For the client sessions in which the printer does not appear, perform a manual refresh. For a remote desktop, press F5 or refresh the Devices and Printers window. For a remote application, close and reopen the application print dialog box. The location-based printer appears in the printer list.
  • Third-party input methods might not work correctly in Horizon Client. This problem can occur in iOS 8. Only iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards.
    Workaround: None.
  • Horizon Client for iOS does not work with the iOS Picture-in-Picture feature.
  • Apple Command key shortcuts (for example, Command-A to select all) do not work on external keyboards with Horizon Client on iOS 9 devices.
    Workaround: Use Control (Ctrl) key shortcuts.
  • If you launch Horizon Client on the right side of Split View mode, connect to a remote desktop or application, and then enter presentation mode, the external monitor mirrors the entire screen (touchpad and desktop or application) instead of showing only the remote desktop or application. This is a third-party issue.
    Workaround: Move Horizon Client to the left side of Split View mode.
  • Onscreen keyboard input does not immediately switch between native iOS apps and Horizon Client in Split View mode. For example, if an iOS native app is on the right side of Split View mode and a Horizon Client remote application is on the left side of Split View mode and you input data in the iOS native app, when you click in the remote application, your input goes to the iOS native app instead of to the remote application.
    Workaround: Click another point to change the cursor position. The onscreen keyboard input is switched correctly.
  • If you use the VMware Blast display protocol to connect to a remote desktop or application with the French input method, and you enter the tilde (~) symbol, the keyboard locks.
    Workaround: To unlock the keyboard, enter a different symbol, for example, [, ].
  • When you connect to a Linux desktop, some keyboard input does not work. For example, if you are using a non-English IME on both the client device and the remote desktop, some non-English keys are not displayed correctly.
    Workaround: Set the English IME on the client device and set the non-English IME on the remote desktop.
  • When you connect to a remote desktop from an iPad, the keyboard shortcut bar appears at the bottom of your screen.
    Workaround: To dismiss the shortcut bar, open the iPad Settings app, tap General, tap Keyboard, and toggle off the Shortcuts option.
  • The Ctrl key on the onscreen keyboard does not take effect if the Caps button is in the On state on an external keyboard.
    Workaround: Turn off the Caps button on the external keyboard.
  • When you use the Swiftpoint GT mouse on a pre-iOS 9 device, the onscreen keyboard becomes inaccessible.
    Workaround: The Swiftpoint GT mouse requires iOS 9 or later.

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