If you’re an iPhone user, chances are that you’ve spent a frustrating part of the morning reopening apps. I know that my morning walk was dampened by the inability to start Spotify. Many other users reported similar problems with a number of apps, including Pinterest and Waze.
The issue has now been resolved, and Facebook found that the issue is firmly on his shoulders. A sudden increase in errors is noted on a log page due to Facebook’s iOS SDK lasting several hours. Facebook says the problem is due to a change in the code.
“Earlier today, a code change in some iOS apps with the Facebook SDK caused crashes,”
While the issue was resolved fairly quickly (though a few hours may feel like life depending on how dependent you are on a particular app), disgruntled parties will undoubtedly remember May when an SDK update launched a similar wave of Caused problems. The problem was undoubtedly more worrying for developers whose apps use the SDK.
After the second major problem in the recent past, it is easy to imagine that many will rethink their relationship with the social network. After all, a bad experience can completely prevent people from using an app, as the social media debates over Apple Music compared to Spotify seemed to point it out tomorrow. Many users end up blaming a particular app, not a third-party SDK that caused the crash.
When it comes to updating the SDK, Facebook seems to be moving too fast and breaking too many things. We contacted the company to find out how they plan to tackle the problem in the future.