After the buggy iOS 13 release, Apple changed tack for the feature-rich iOS 14 development

After the buggy iOS 13 release, Apple changed tack for the feature-rich iOS 14 development
If you have been wondering why did Apple release iOS 13.1 beta to developers before it had even pushed the retail to our iPhones and iPads, and how come we are already at the unprecedented iOS 13.3 beta 3 point two months after the release, Bloomberg has the answer. 

It turns out that Apple has indeed prepped a buggy iOS 13 thanks to a software testing procedure that has been getting long in the tooth. All the new and untested features have been heretofore folded into one big daily build with a disparate level of readiness, resulting in a myriad of bugs been carried out since the first alphas into the final retail release, as many an iPhone or iPad owner became painfully aware of in the last two months or so. Crashing apps, including stock ones like Mail or messaging, and signal drop glitches are just a few examples why Apple was quick to issue a release after release to iron them out so quickly.

As a result of the old system, "daily builds were like a recipe with lots of cooks adding ingredients" and "testers would go days without a livable build, so they wouldn’t really have a handle on what’s working and not working," claimed one Apple insider. 

Going forward, Apple's head of software development Craig Federighi will require all buggy and unfinished features to be turned off by default in the daily builds, and the testers can then choose to flip the switch at will, resulting in a much more streamlined process, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

The new system is already employed in Apple's next iOS 14 edition development, codenamed "Azul," as it is expected to be one of the most feature-rich software upgrades in Apple's history - you know, the first 5G iPhone and stuff - so Apple wouldn't want a repeat of the iOS 13 rollout fiasco. In fact, Apple is now so adamant to focus on the quality of the new software features it releases, tip the insiders, that it is considering putting some of those it intended to ship with iOS 14 next year, to the "Azul+1" project, which will likely end up as iOS 15 in 2021. 

Talk about a lesson learned, and the new software testing procedure will apply not only to iOS, but also to iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS going forward. Fingers crossed, but now we can't help but wonder what would this "breadth of new capabilities" coming with iOS 14 entail. Any wild guesses?

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38 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

PhoneArena, reference this article when iOS 14 is released!

5. RevolutionA

Posts: 483; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Note it down. iOS 14 gonna put the Androids to shame this time

6. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

14th time is the charm?

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The burn lol

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6881; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Lmao!!

19. RevolutionA

Posts: 483; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Your 14th time is because of copying our first time. You guys should always be reminded who's the Daddy. iOS baby. Just blatantly copied the full screen OS. Don't start with the webOS. It never was perfect and as good as iOS. Keep referencing to other OS too. iOS was/is one perfect OS for all time

20. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's gone beyond a mere cream or salve. Go to the clinic, son, your backside is positively glowing.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You should hold Apple to a higher standard, than this crap they keep rehashing.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You don't even believe that. Regardless, iOS has been playing catchup for years, and will continue to do so.

12. androapplephone

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

It never will be cause android and iOS are going to always be the best to each person that likes wich ever operating system. It’s all relatively basically do about the same thing and have the same option of apps for the most part. One’s kind of more refined and one is more able to be customized. I love apples and operating system but there’s stuff that irritates me too as well as android I have no problem with android but their stuff about it I also don’t like.

23. RevolutionA

Posts: 483; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Ok professor and btw do you eat those apples and operating system mixed in one bowl

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

14th time is a charm LMAOOOO.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Recent ios is complete joke. I'm currently running a beta One UI on my Note 10+ and my phone feels stable compared to my wife's Iphone X. One of the annoying bugs is my car's BT asks for password and keeps prompting for password when her BT is turned on. Car and her phone are already connected but it keeps asking for password. Music switches to her phone from Carplay when the engine turns off and on. Phone needs to be re-connected to make it play via car speakers.

3. CDexterWard

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why even speculate? Apple is in a put-up or shut-up position now in regards to features. And their track record with recent software releases has been spotty at best. My philosophy is I’ll believe it when I see it. I am grateful my X has been working pretty well, but that has reportedly not been the story for many other unfortunate users.

4. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

After the buggy iOS 13 release, Apple changed tack for the bug-rich iOS 14 development :))

7. tbreezy

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Looking forward to the change. I’m glad they are so fats at releasing updates and adjusting their strategy. On other platforms one needs to wait for carrier and OEM to approve etc... Heck even the Pixel has endless bugs due to it being a test bed. Anyway, looking forward to iOS 14, I don’t even need to worry about “will I get iOS 14” because Apple do proper long term support. :)

8. MrMalignance

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

That is true, but sadly, most phones have bugs lately. You will definitely get iOS 14, but the key concern is if it will be worth the wait. Additionally, will it be as full of bugs as recent releases.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm glad they are fats too. We don't need skinny tech companies.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6881; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

So quick to hit that 'post comment' button, yet little time to proofread....lol.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop deflecting about how bad iOS 13 is dude. I'm also an iOS user, and man these .X updates aren't a good thing, they exist cause of a bad thing...iOS 13 stability, it's trash. Now you see why my Note 10+ is my go to device, it basically never messes up.

25. tbreezy

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

I would certainly hope your Note10+ is stable considering the fact that it's running an OS that is well over 1 years old with plenty of updates to get to where it is. I see the Pixels are having endless issues on Android 10. Got Android 10 on my P30 Pro to and both iOS 13.2.3 and Android 10 are about as stable as each other.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop deflecting about how bad iOS 13 is dude. I know it pains you to say it, so your fellow iOS user will say it for you...from a stability standpoint, iOS is trash, and it still lacks several key features. I'm not trolling you either, I'm speaking from pure fact, and personal experience (iPhone 11 Pro Max, and a 2018 12.9 iPad Pro). I'm the iOS user, iOS fanboys hate, cause I don't sugarcoat it, and criticize just like I credit.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should try Samsung flagships. I haven't had any real bug issues in either the Note 5, 8 or 9.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

Just wait til next year, eh? We shall see.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've been saying all along how bad iOS 13 is from a stability standpoint, as well as lacking several key features a phone this big bd powerful should have. Now Apple is talking about moving features back to iOS 15...what a joke. iOS 14, and 15 will be buggy, and iOS 37 will get features from iOS 26. iOS 13 should be solid upon launch, as android 9 has been, but iOS 13 was rushed, and why, when it doesn't do too much more than iOS 12, which also was trash stability wise, and had features moved back to iOS 13. Get it together Apple. Skipping out on features, trickle feeding them to us, then releasing very buggy software, and very buggy updates does not look good. I'm on iOS user who's going to speak on this crap that's being pulled.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm another iOS user, and I agree.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31604; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's ridiculous at this point.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

It is, and defending it even more so.

33. Vokilam

Posts: 1378; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

iOS 12 was fantastic on my iPhone 5s and iPhone X. iOS 13 only had the text field in iMessage out of place once - restarted the app and it never returned. Both years ios updates were good. I think the media compiled every bug and glitch that many don’t experience and make it sound that every iOS user got all of them on the list - that’s not the case.

26. tbreezy

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Hilarious how people running the old Android 9 on their 2019 devices come here to talk about stability when they have an OS version that is overly outdated with plenty updates behind it.

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