With iOS 14 Beta Apple To Change iOS / iPadOS Development Process Following iOS 13’s Buggy Launch
It’s no secret that Apple has struggled to get iOS 13 and iPadOS to a bug-free state despite having months of beta testing. And now it seems that changes are afoot inside the company to ensure that the same situation doesn’t occur again. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report.
That report says that Apple is applying new development methods to iOS 14 ahead of its release next year.
That’s to try and avoid a repeat performance which saw iOS 13 see as many of eight different updates since its release in September. That’s a lot, and Apple knows that it needs to do better.
In order to do that Apple will use ‘flags’ that will allow engineers to enable and disable new features independently. That will theoretically prevent internal testing using versions of iOS that have multiple large changes in them at once. During the iOS 13 testing phase it appears that engineers were simply overwhelmed by the constantly changing state of iOS and in turn found it difficult to weed out bugs.
Apple apparently announced the change to its software engineer team during a meeting that was led by Craig Federighi. We won’t know how successful the change has been until well into the iOS 14 beta process following WWDC 2020, likely in June.
Apple reportedly has plans for some big changes for the update, but those may be pushed back to ensure stability. That, on the face of it, sounds very similar to what happened with iOS 12 a couple of years ago.