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Technology Apple has a plan to ensure iOS 13's buggy launch doesn't happen again

14:50  21 november  2019
14:50  21 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Apple released iOS 13 .1 less than a week later with an eyebrow-raising 24 bug fixes in the changelog. The next update, iOS 13 .2, introduced an overly-aggressive RAM management system that had to be fixed with 13 .2.2. Even more bugs were ironed out with version 12.2.3, which was released earlier this

IOS 13 .2.3 is now available to the public with compatible iPhones and iPads. As we’ve been reporting, iOS 13 has been quite the buggy release and these point updates are unprecedented in how frequent they are and how much they are supposedly fixing.

Apple is reportedly changing the way it tests new versions of iOS and iPadOS. According to Bloomberg, the company will now work on test versions, or "daily builds," with incomplete and bug-riddled features turned off by default. Internal testers will be able to turn them back on, however, through a new section of the settings app called Flags. In theory, this will help the company to identify when a newly-added feature or line of code isn't working properly, and issue a fix before it's accessible to external developers and customers. We've reached out to Apple to confirm the new development strategy and will update this piece if they respond.

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Apple has a plan to fight iOS bugs. Image: dustin drankoski/mashable. Apple might finally be ready to take the many bugs that've been plaguing iOS more seriously. The company is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed

With iOS 14, the plan is that all work-in-progress features for OS builds are disabled by default and have to be enabled using a special configuration Bloomberg says that Apple engineers started to realize iOS 13 was not up to scratch ahead of the June WWDC conference. The report also says that

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The in-house switch-up isn't surprising: iOS 13, the latest version of Apple's smartphone operating system, was a bug-riddled mess at launch. Engadget's Chris Velazco observed "a handful" of issues with the standard iOS 13 release across multiple iPhone handsets. These included a camera app that wouldn't launch correctly and an operating system that couldn't decide when the flashlight was actually on. Apple released iOS 13.1 less than a week later with an eyebrow-raising 24 bug fixes in the changelog. The next update, iOS 13.2, introduced an overly-aggressive RAM management system that had to be fixed with 13.2.2. Even more bugs were ironed out with version 12.2.3, which was released earlier this month.

The issues haven't been extensive enough to trigger a mass switch-away from Apple's hardware ecosystem. They have contributed, though, to a growing sense that Apple-made software and firmware isn't as polished as it used to be. As Bloomberg notes, this can be partly attributed to the growing complexity of smartphone and tablet software. Customers rightfully expect a reliable and responsive operating system, though -- especially when they've just spent $700 or more on a new device.

According to Bloomberg, the new development strategy will apply to all of Apple's platforms including iPad, watchOS, macOS and tvOS. The company is already using the new process for iOS 14, codenamed Azul, and has debated pushing some of the update's features into iOS 15, due in 2021.

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Apple is making big changes to how it builds software so iOS 14 might be less buggy .
Following the calamitous launch of iOS 13 this year, Apple reportedly plans to overhaul the way it develops and tests software updates in the future. According to Bloomberg, Craig Federighi, Apple SVP of software engineering, recently held a meeting with the company's software developers to announce the changes. As the report explains, Apple's development process was a mess prior to these changes. As recently as iOS 13, some teams would add new features to the latest build on a daily basis, while other teams would add features weekly.

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