Apple fans looking forward to the unveiling of an iPhone 12 at the Apple Event today may be a little disappointed. But Apple gave them a pleasure to retain them: an ad calling for iOS 14.
Surprise! Sounds good! Unless, of course, you’re an iPhone app developer. They are quite angry.
I have a way of crying this out, but I think it’s the most negative thing I’ve heard after an Apple event.
I don’t rush that much, but I did a lot of work to prepare to get the “first day” version for iOS 14 in hopes of a reward in the form of making some lists or something.
– Charlie Chapman (@_chuckyc) September 15, 2020
A great WTF to Apple that will launch iOS 14 tomorrow without notifying developers or final tools to send their applications 😂
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) on September 15, 2020
“I don’t think many developers will sleep tonight or instead give up and choose to release them [their app] when they want to, instead of doing it next to the new operating system, “the iOS developer said in a message.” Apparently, Apple has decided to surprise developers without any warning or care. “
Apple has randomly launched iOS 14 in one day without any warning and is very popular with 2020.
– Shihab (JPEGuin) (@JPEGuin) September 15, 2020
Shihab explained how he was one of the lucky developers. He just finished his app, an iOS product for Twitter, in time for the surprise release of iOS 14 tomorrow.
I’m in the very lucky position of having my app ready for iOS 14 earlier this week, along with screenshots. But many hoped to be released next week at the latest. Having spent countless hours over the last two months for it to end like this must be crushing.
– Shihab (JPEGuin) (@JPEGuin) September 15, 2020
However, even with the end of the application development process closed, that doesn’t mean you can lift your feet overnight. Last minute rush is proving to be a problem. Shihab has yet to get its application through Apple’s review process. He is not alone. It seems to be causing problems for other developers who want to send their app to Apple.
“Without a prior warning like this, nothing is ready,” a Steve Troughton-Smith developer told me. “Developers aren’t ready, the App Store isn’t ready and everyone is in a hurry to react instead of having a chance to finish their apps properly.”
Steve went through the normal iOS launch process with me. Typically, Apple offers third-party app developers an advantage about a week before the official public release of a new iOS. The company publishes a “Golden Master” copy of the new tool for IOS and Xcode developers before the public officially releases the latest operating system. This gives iPhone app developers the time they need to make sure the apps they’ve been creating for the beta versions of the new iOS actually work in the final version. Sometimes there are critical errors that are only revealed or can only be corrected at this point in the process.
The extra time can also be used to add new features to any new device announced at the Apple Event. Apple’s approval process for apps also takes some time, so developers have this week to make sure they ship in time to ensure their work will be in the App Store for the IOS version.
All of these products look great, but from the perspective of relationships with third-party developers, this top rating was one of the worst.
– James Thomson (@jamesthomson) on September 15, 2020
“There are hopes of being in the store when users install the new iOS 14 and look for new applications. There is an opportunity to get last minute solutions to your existing applications to make sure they don’t stop working directly when users can upgrade their operating system, ”Steve explained.
“There are some developers who have spent all summer working on something new, using the latest technologies, hoping to be there on the first day and participate in the excitement (and press) of the new iOS” , it continued. “For many of them, they’ll be incredibly upset that it ends like this instead of a triumphant release, and it can drastically reduce the amount of coverage or sales they receive.” This time we contacted Apple to comment on the process.
Some developers have tried to look on the bright side and give things a positive twist. There will be no crazy rush to get your app out in time for release, an iOS developer explained in a post on Twitter.
Honestly, now that the shock is over, I kind of like the quick release. Less than the typical crazy rush.
There is no longer a “first day” … we are all releasing “Day 1 + something”. Which is a little colder … which I could definitely use this year.
– David Smith (@_DavidSmith) September 15, 2020
But when it comes to this, there are many developers who do look at the iOS release days. It is an opportunity once a year where as many eyes as possible (users, press, investors) will explore the App Store for new versions and applications that take full advantage of the latest features of iOS.
“Developers have less than 24 hours to finish building their new app, submit it using the newly released version of Xcode, which could be a slow download, and please go through the App Store review, all in a term that seems almost impossible, “he explained. Shihab.
“It’s hard to position yourself, but I guess there’s no motivation like last-minute pressure.”