And in fact, something very like that was indeed the issue, as a number of users began posting.
Neogaff picked up on a MacRumors post that outlined the problem: "Here is what is going on. Ever since iOS 4(?) there has been a feature where if you connect to a WiFi network it will try to ping this site: http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html If it is a success then it lets you connect, if it is not a success the phone trys [sic] to bring up what would be a Login page for corporate wifi networks. Example, public access points that have a login page, etc. It seems that some moron at Apple deleted the file located at http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html and that is why it is not working. This is not an iOS 6 issue but rather a problem with Apple's website."
In a series of tweets, Steve Streza, lead platform developer for Pocket.com, a San Francisco app vendor, outlined the issues. "Your phone checks a page on http://Apple.com to see if your network is working. If not, you're probably on a network like a hotel/airport, where you have to agree to their terms before you can use the Wi-Fi. Then they show you the page so you can agree."
"The issue only affected iOS 6 devices, which use http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html ... as their test URL. Previous OSes just used http://apple.com."
He noted that Apple would have to update the Web page, not the OS. "The test page (http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html ...) has been updated. My iOS 6 Wi-Fi is working again," he tweeted. "If you're still having issues, toggle Wi-Fi off and on. It does the detection when you connect to the Wi-Fi network."
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