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Xcode listing running processes on an iOS 9 iPhone.

When OS X 10.10.4 betas dropped discoveryd a couple of weeks ago before iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 were announced, there was some speculation about whether it was just a temporary intermediate fix until Apple reworks discoveryd for the next generation operating systems. Using Xcode’s Instruments developer tools for iOS and Activity Monitor on the Mac, we can confirm that Apple has also dropped discoveryd on iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Activity Monitor on OS X 10.11

In both cases, mDNSResponder has been substituted in again, although the internal nature of the process makes it impossible to see whether it has changed at all since the build of OS X 10.10.4. The infamous discoveryd has been blamed for many networking and communication stability issues. One way Apple has achieved this is to get rid of discoveryd completely.

There is still a chance that it will return at a later date when Apple has fixed up the coding, perhaps in a later beta seed or future revisions of the platforms. For now though, users should expect to see the WiFi problems, seemingly solely caused by discoveryd misbehaving, go away.

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