Apple last night threw the covers off a range of new iPads and Apple Watches, and fully unveiled its new iOS 14 operating system.
But while app developers knew iOS 14 was coming – indeed, developer versions have been available now for a few months – they did not know when it would arrive.
It was a little surprising, then, when Apple announced it would begin iOS 14’s rollout… today.
Numerous app developers reacted in surprise at the news, and there was a scramble overnight to inform users that updating to the new operating system might break unsupported apps.
A big WTF at Apple dropping iOS 14 tomorrow without giving developers any notice, or final tools to submit their apps ?
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 15, 2020
These products all look cool as hell, but from the perspective of third-party developer relations, that keynote was one of the worst.
— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) September 15, 2020
Other developers expressed frustration they were not able to capitalise on the traditional planned release day for Apple’s latest operating system – a lucrative moment when App Store browsing peaks.
iOS 14 adds app support for Android-style home screen widgets and introduces App Clips – bitesize parts of an app which let you use your Apple ID to pay or log-in to a service without having to download its full app.
Pokémon Go was one of several games to warn users against upgrading – though in the last few hours it announced it has rushed out an update to ensure compatibility with iOS 14.