‘Unexpected’ iPhone and iPad update threatens app glitches
Owners of iPhones and iPads have been warned that some apps may experience problems because Apple has only given a day’s notice of the release of a major update to its mobile operating systems.
CEO Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will launch on Wednesday.
Last year, Apple announced the release date more than a week in advance.
The developers complained that they didn’t have enough time to check for bugs and submit their products to the App Store.
He advised players to delay installing new operating systems until the end of this month.
Apple declined to comment.
Mr Cook described the updates as a “huge version that transforms the core experience” of using his mobile devices.
But minutes after the announcement, the developers started posting on social media that they had been blinded by the times,
A prominent voice in the developer community told the BBC he was “shocked” by the announcement.
Apple had failed to “give developers any notice or final tools to submit their apps,” said Steve Troughton-Smith.
“It’s definitely possible that some apps are not working properly.”
Even apps that don’t have obvious problems may still lack planned features that should have been ready in time for the update.
Although the developers have been able to test their software running on “beta” versions of the new operating systems for months, the final “golden master” versions have just been released.
Some developers have also reported problems trying to speed up their products through Apple’s app review process to meet the deadline.
Development risks worsening relations between Apple and developers.
Many in the community have already complained about the 30% cut the company takes from sales and its sometimes “opaque” review process.
The matter overshadowed Apple’s WWDC conference earlier this year when it became embroiled in a high-profile public row with the creators of a new email app called Hey.
More recently, a confrontation with game developer Epic has resulted in Apple device owners not being able to get the latest version of Fortnite or install the game from scratch.
Apple’s restrictions on third-party gaming platforms have also been criticized by Microsoft and have resulted in iPhone and iPad users not being able to play Xbox games on devices, despite being available for Android.
Apple, however, justifies its actions on the basis that its policies provide security for users and allow them to invest in support of the broader app economy.
How to prevent the installation of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
Some people’s devices are set to automatically install Apple’s mobile updates.
In general, this can be a good idea to ensure that the latest cybersecurity protection and features are added automatically when a device is plugged in at night and connected to wi-fi.
However, this functionality is limited to “minor releases” and not major “numbered” updates, such as the move from iOS 13.7 to iOS 14.
In this case, the new code will still be downloaded in the background on devices running versions 13.6 and above, but will not be installed without first requesting the user’s express permission, which can be denied.
Owners can check if this will happen:
- Open the Settings menu via the gear icon on the apps screen
- By clicking on General and then Software Update
- The screen will appear if the device will “automatically install updates”
- To change this they can click Customize automatic updates, which provides an option to turn off automatic download if desired
Those who dare to become early adopters face a significant overhaul of Apple’s mobile operating systems.
Widgets can be added to home screens to view weather, time, stock prices or other information at a glance and the selection can be set to change based on the time of day.
Apps can be automatically organized into themed folders to make it easier for users to find their favorite services.
And FaceTime videos and calls can be viewed in a small box that floats above the app you’re using, rather than taking up the full screen.
- a new translation app
- new cycling directions in Maps
- new ways to customize cartoon-like Memoji owners can use as an avatar
IPad owners also get new features for the company’s Pencil stylus, including automatic conversion of handwriting to text and shape recognition.
“Users will no doubt appreciate the substantial changes to the user experience in iOS 14, improving utility and productivity,” commented Simon Forrest of consulting firm Futuresource.
He added that developers would also benefit from the extended access Apple had given them to the “neural engines” of its processors, which should allow them to perform more AI tasks on the device rather than relying on remote computer servers.