Nov 21, 2019

Apple Implementing New Development Process To Make iOS 14 Less Buggy

Following the release of iOS 13, due to various bugs and issues that users encountered with, Apple has released several software updates in succession to fix them. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is changing the way software is developed and thus reducing bugs.


The report said that the development of iOS 14 has begun, and that instead of adding new features to the iOS in every new build and running them with test devices, which was a nightmare, the plan is to disable all development features by default and activate them through a special configuration menu. This will give engineers a better understanding of the development progress of the new system and allow them for more flexibility.

The new technique will also be applied to the development of iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS. Apple hopes that iOS 14 is a feature-rich version, but the company would also postpone certain features to iOS 15 if needed.

The report went on to say that Apple engineers realized this ahead of the WWDC in June this year that iOS 13 did not meet the eligibility criteria. The report also said that Apple engineers eventually gave up the work of perfecting iOS 13.0, and concentrated on iOS 13.1:
By August, realizing that the initial iOS 13.0 set to ship with new iPhones a few weeks later wouldn’t hit quality standards, Apple engineers decided to mostly abandon that work and focus on improving iOS 13.1, the first update. Apple privately considered iOS 13.1 the “actual public release” with a quality level matching iOS 12. The company expected only die-hard Apple fans to load iOS 13.0 onto their phones.
Bloomberg's report also provided details on how Apple tests and rates the performance of its software on a scale of 1 to 100, based on what is known internally as the "white glove" test. Sluggish releases could have scored in the low 60s, while more stable ones would have been above 80. On that scale, it's said that iOS 13 scored less than its predecessor iOS 12.

The full report on "Inside Apple’s iPhone Software Shakeup After Buggy iOS 13 Debut" can be read over here.

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