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Why you should wait before updating your iPhone to Apple’s iOS 14

James Cook
·2-min read
Apple chief executive Tim Cook (right) confirmed the release of iOS 14 in an online presentation on Tuesday - AFP
Apple chief executive Tim Cook (right) confirmed the release of iOS 14 in an online presentation on Tuesday - AFP

Apple iPhone users have been warned they may experience problems with their apps if they update their operating system to iOS 14. 

It follows the surprise announcement by Apple on Tuesday that its iOS 14 iPhone software would be available from today, forcing many developers to scramble to update their apps.

A number of developers said they had less than 20 hours to make sure their software works on the latest version of the iPhone operating system, which adds features including interactive icons, message threads and a picture-in-picture mode.

There are now concerns that the rushed release of the new operating system could cause bugs in apps which haven’t been properly tested.

The early release of iOS 14 risks worsening relations between Apple and developers, many of whom recently criticised the business over its 30pc cut of App Store purchases. “There's definitely a lot of contention and this does not help,” said app developer Daniel Sinclair.

“It has created an unnecessary headache for developers,” Sinclair said. “Some developers are finding all kinds of new bugs introduced in this version.”

Sinclair encouraged iPhone users to wait for fixes before downloading the iOS 14 update. “If they're just rushing these [apps] through the door then they're not really doing much automated testing or having their workforce test many of these apps.”

“There will be a lot of development teams pulling all nighters tonight just trying to wrap up work and get it shipped for tomorrow,” said David Barnard, of app subscription business RevenueCat.

“It feels very inconsiderate for Apple to drop iOS 14 publicly without having even telegraphed to developers that it would come so quickly,” he added. Mr Barnard said that the main change that developers would struggle with was a new permissions system in the software. Users can grant apps access to one photo in their camera roll, rather than all of them, but some apps may not have been updated to adjust to this.

Gernot Poetsch, the founder of app development business nxtbgthng whose apps have been praised by Apple chief executive Tim Cook, said it’s now “completely impossible” for his company to launch a new app which had been planned to release on the day that iOS 14 is made available.

“If we had any idea beforehand on the timeline, things would be different. It wouldn't cost Apple anything to communicate this better,” he said.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.