Today most of Apple’s major annual updates to its operating system have been launched – except MacOS Big Sur. iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 are running worldwide and today (and tomorrow, in some areas) for users throughout the day.
Time is unusual this time. Typically, Apple launched an OS update several days after its September product-announcement Livestream, usually closely followed by the release of new iPhones. But after no iPhones were announced this week, Apple pushed these updates just one day after the event and is expected to end up in the hands of users of the new Apple Watch and eighth-generation iPads a day earlier.
iOS 14 brings major new features to the app management experience for the home screen and iPhone, support for the home screen widget that was introduced in iPadOS last year, and a new app library view that installs all on one panel Allows for easy management of apps. . Along with this comes systemwide picture-in-picture support for video — another feature that has made its way from iPadOS — and several significant improvements to messages, maps and other applications, as well as a new live translation app.
The WatchOS 7 Workout app is renamed to “Fitness” and doubles down on new strength-training features, among other things. The OS also adds a feature that helps users ensure that they are washing their hands correctly and for sufficient time. Perhaps most importantly, watchOS 7 is sleep tracking — a key feature available in many competing fitness wearables but not the Apple Watch.
iPadOS 14 extends the widgets feature compared to previous year’s releases, and it features a number of smaller design optimizations throughout the operating system. And tvOS 14 extends home functionality and multi-user support and adds picture-in-picture support.
Disappointed developers that launch fast
The immediate release time period may seem like a positive for consumers who were struggling for new features, but this is highly disruptive for developers. These major annual OS releases often require developers to make changes to their applications, either to comply with new requirements or to support features included in the OS or other launched devices. Developers have access to beta releases that are offering these features and tweaks for a few months-eight beta releases to be precise.
But the final test and preparation for submission is usually when the Golden Master update is given to the developers. The Golden Master is intended to be a near-exact match with the final public release of the operating system, specifically for this purpose of testing and rendering.
But with the timing of these launches, developers had a full day short with the Golden Master before public release, causing many late nights, delayed releases, and Vowel Despair.
Amid the chaos, Apple published a note yesterday on its developer portal, asking developers to “make sure your apps are ready when iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 become available to customers worldwide.” This note has come with no acknowledgment, for many, it would be impossible given the time frame.
For this reason, users should expect to see more issues with third-party apps in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at launch, and expect some updates related to new releases coming several days later than usual this year Should do
As always, we are working on reviewing new releases — expect to see our review of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 later next week.