During yesterday’s Time Flies event, Apple announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 will be widely used today. Developers only have one day to submit their optimized apps for review.
While developers have had access to beta versions of the software updates since June, many were surprised by Apple’s much shorter notification of the final releases. For comparison: Apple started accepting apps for iOS 13 on September 10th last year, more than a week before the software update was released on September 19th.
A major WTF at Apple will drop iOS 14 tomorrow without giving developers a notification or definitive tools to submit their apps. – Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 15, 2020
Apple, which randomly drops iOS 14 in a day without notice, is very up to date with 2020. – Shihab (JPEGuin) (@JPEGuin) September 15, 2020
I want to thank @apple for giving developers less than 24 hours notice of the iOS 14 release. No time to submit our apps that support iOS 14 features. 😕 – Aaron (@AaronTunney) September 15, 2020
Time flies by if you don’t have a notification to submit app updates for iOS 14 Dom – Dom (@domzy) September 15, 2020
Apple is announcing the release date of iOS 14 24 hours in advance as an end of summer gift to developers – Ben Thompson (@benthompson) September 15, 2020
I would not say that. There are two perennial problems: – Apple’s hardware release dates determine software release dates, not software quality or readiness. – Most Apple companies seem * far * too ignorant of the challenges and conditions that external developers face. https://t.co/uWGwlkYEvl – Marco Arment (@marcoarment) September 16, 2020
In an email to developers, Apple announced that all iOS and iPadOS apps submitted to the App Store must be created with Xcode 12 and the iOS 14 SDK from April 2021. Likewise, Apple said that all watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built using Xcode 12 and the watchOS 7 SDK from April 2021.