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Watch out for glitzy apps if you update to iOS 14



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Developers say they did not know the final version of iOS 14 would be released so soon after Tuesday’s Apple event.

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Apple fans have been looking forward to it release iOS 14, the latest version of the iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) operating system and its new features like home screen widgets, automated shortcuts and camera trick. But several iOS app developers took to Twitter on Tuesday to say they were upset during Apple’s iPad and Apple Watch events, when CEO Tim Cook announced that iOS 14 and iPad 14 would be released on Wednesday – giving them just one day’s notice to update their apps, instead of a whole week, as has been the case in the past.

The lack of preparation time can have negative consequences for Apple device users. Imagine if you discovered that your banking app suddenly did not work when you updated to iOS 14 and you could not pay your rent or bills as expected.






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“Having this preparation period, even as short as a week, is what helps minimize such issues with each annual iOS update,” says developer Steve Troughton-Smith. “No one is best when he rushes to meet an unexpected deadline, and that in itself can impose all sorts of stupid mistakes and bugs.”

Apple usually provides the final tools to build and test the apps a week in advance and the final version of the operating system itself (known as the “Golden Master”). Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That week is usually when developers reveal any bugs that made it the final version of the operating system, quit their apps, and made the necessary fixes. It also gives them time to make sure their apps run on new hardware announced by Apple – in this case a new iPad Air and eighth-generation iPad – and updates the recently compatible version to the App Store, said Troughton-Smith.

That early access is also the first time that many developers trust that it is safe to install the new iOS on all their devices, to ensure that their apps work properly on compatible models of iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. So what do you do?

How to avoid app errors in iOS 14

The only real solution to avoid any app errors is to delay your update to iOS 14 by a week or two, Troughton-Smith said. Keep track of user reviews for apps you depend on daily. In the App Store, check the “What’s New” page for the apps you use most often and see if they have been recently updated, or if they mention support for iOS 14.

If you have already updated and find that you have issues with some apps, you can try to reach the developers to make sure they are aware of the issue and see if they have a timeline for updating the app for iOS 14.

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You can also contact or otherwise follow developers to see if they think it’s safe to download (many have also posted their progress on Twitter).

That said, chances are most of your apps will be fine, and it’s probably safe for you to update to iOS 14. The operating system developer work has been around since June, so app makers have probably already worked through most of the major issues in their apps, says Simon Forrest, a technology analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Plus, Apple has not changed its interface enough for apps to stop working overnight.

“In a couple of weeks, all this will be shaking out,” Troughton-Smith said.


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