iPhone and iPod Touch, 802.1X and LEAP
This is more a note for people who were wondering like myself: the current OS X that comes with the iPod Touch and iPhone cannot handle either 802.1X or LEAP (before anyone tells me it handles 802.11x just fine, please remember that 802.1X and LEAP are specific forms of encrypting a wireless connection, not types of wireless connections. 802.11x is instead a generic term used for the varying speeds of wireless, i.e. 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, ….)
This is really too bad, as both are have been built in to Mac OS X since at least version 10.3, and also both are the main ways I can get wireless at OSU. I have every intent on finding out if this gets fixed with subsequent OS updates. Incidentally, a big reason I am posting this is due to some Apple Store employees erroneously telling me it should work on the iPhone and iPod Touch, since it is built in to Mac OS X, which shares a lot of common code with the OS X on both devices (as far as anyone seems to know). I don’t fault them for saying this; I mean, who would think something like this would be left out?
Update (2007/01/18): I have posted an update to this here, but long story short, it appears that the 1.1.3 update has not fixed this, at least for the iPod Touch.
Update (2008/03/05): As of 1.1.4, still no 802.1X.
Update (2008/03/06): Looks like 802.1X is coming, (for the iPhone at least).
Update (2008/07/25): And it’s here, for both the iPhone and iPod Touch.