VMware Horizon Client for iOS Release Notes

Horizon Client for iOS 3.4 | 04 June 2015

Last Updated: 04 June 2015

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for iOS makes it easy to access a Windows-based remote desktop or application 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 Windows-based remote desktop or application from any location. Support for the PCoIP 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 desktop. For the Windows world, the full screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the Windows-based remote desktop or application. Bridging both worlds, 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 with View 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 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 (with VMware View 5.1 and Horizon Client for iOS 1.5 and later) and smart card authentication (with Horizon Client for iOS 3.0 and later).

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

The 3.4 release of Horizon Client for iOS includes the following new features:

  • Smart cards for logging in to RDS desktops and hosted applications
    Users can now authenticate to RDS-based desktops and RDS-based applications using smart cards. Requires View Agent 6.1 or later.
  • 64-bit processor support
    Horizon Client for iOS 3.4 includes 64-bit processor support for iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus, and iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.1m support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.1m.


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

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later, including iOS 8.x.
  • Supported devices include iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus, and iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad mini (1st generation), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.
  • 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.

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Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.4

No known issues were fixed in this release of Horizon Client for iOS.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.2

  • When you used the virtual printing feature and changed any printer settings or printing preferences, such as, for example, DPI or double-sided printing, the printer settings did not persist after you disconnected or logged off from a remote desktop. This issue has been resolved.
  • An input lag occurred when connecting to a remote desktop from an iOS 7.x or 8.0 device. This issue has been resolved.
  • Full screen touchpad mode did not work on an iPhone in landscape mode. This issue has been resolved.
  • Before logging into a remote desktop, CPU usage could rise to 60 percent when Horizon Client for iOS was running in the background. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.1.1

No known issues were fixed in this release of Horizon Client for iOS.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.1

No known issues were fixed in this release of Horizon Client for iOS.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.0

No known issues were fixed in this release of Horizon Client for iOS.

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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.
  • Horizon View 1.6 and later mobile clients working with Horizon View 5.1 servers allow you touch directly into text fields of Windows applications and automatically pop-up the keyboard. However, this feature does not work with the following applications: Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash content in a browser.
    Workaround: None.
  • 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.
  • In iOS 7, if you click a URL with the viewclient-securid:// prefix from a Web site to import a CTF string token, Horizon Client does not launch. This problem occurs only in iPhone or iTouch Safari. It does not occur in iPad Safari.
    Workaround: Press the Home button to put Safari in the background and then switch Safari to the foreground. When the message Open this page in "VMware View?" appears, tap Yes to launch Horizon Client.
  • 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.
  • When you try to use smart card authentication with a View Connection Server instance that has TLS 1.2 enabled, Horizon Client returns an SSL error.
    Workaround: Ask your View administrator to change the SSL configuration for the View Connection Server instance to use an earlier TLS version, such as TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.0, or SSLv3. For more information, see the View Administration document. Next, On your iOS device tap Settings > Horizon , tap Advanced SSL Options, and select the corresponding security protocols. Finally, use Horizon Client to reconnect to the View Connection Server instance with smart card authentication.
  • Japanese symbol mapping is incorrect when using a JA Bluetooth keyboard on an iOS 7.1 or later device, including the iPad mini2, iPad Air, and iPhone 5S.
    Workaround: Update your iOS device to iOS 8.1.x, or press the Eject key on the Bluetooth keyboard to invoke the onscreen keyboard and use the keys on the onscreen keyboard if you want to keep current iOS version.
  • 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.
  • On iOS 8, if you attempt to connect to a remote desktop using a self-signed certificate, Safari reports the error "Your desktop has been disconnected. Unable to reconnect to desktop." This problem occurs because self-signed certificates are not supported on iOS 8.
    Workaround: An administrator must install a CA-signed certificate on the View server and you must trust the certificate on your iOS 8 device. For information about installing certificates on a View server, see the View Administration document. For information about trusting certificates on an iOS device, see Using VMware Horizon Client for iOS. If the Blast Secure Gateway is disabled on the View server, an administrator must perform the following additional steps on the remote desktop to connect from iOS 8:
    1. Use mmc to import the CA-signed certificate into the Windows certificate store.
    2. Replace the sslHash key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Blast\Config with the key from the thumbprint of the certificate issued to the Blast Agent Hostname or IP address.
    3. Restart the Blast Agent VM.

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