The lack of prep time could have some negative consequences for Apple device users. Imagine if you found out that after updating to iOS 14, your banking app suddenly stopped working and you couldn’t pay your rent or bills as expected.
“This preparation time of just one week helps to minimize such problems with each annual update to iOS,” said developer Steve Troughton-Smith. “Nobody is at their best when they rush to meet an unexpected deadline, and that alone can create all sorts of stupid mistakes and bugs.”
Apple usually provides the final tools to build and test the apps a week in advance, as well as the final version of the operating system itself (known as the “golden master”). Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
During this week, developers usually discover any bugs that made it into the final version of the operating system, exit their apps and make the necessary fixes. They also have time to make sure their apps work on any new hardware announced by Apple – in this case, a new iPad Air and an eighth-generation iPad – and to update the newly compatible version on the App Store, Troughton-Smith said .
This early access also marks the first time many developers have trust that it is safe to install the new iOS on all of their devices to ensure their apps will work properly on compatible models of iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. So what are you doing?
How to avoid app malfunctions in iOS 14
The only real solution to avoiding app glitches is to delay your update to iOS 14 for a week or two, Troughton-Smith said. Keep an eye on user ratings for all the apps you depend on every day. Check the App Store’s What’s New page to see which apps you use the most and see if they have been recently updated or if they mention iOS 14 support.
If you’ve already updated and are having issues with apps, you can try reaching out to the developers to make sure they know about the issue and to see if they have a schedule to update the app for iOS 14 .
You can also contact developers or otherwise follow them to see if they think it is safe to download (many have posted their progress on Twitter as well).
That being said, there is a good chance that most of your apps will be perfectly fine and it is likely safe to update to iOS 14. The operating system’s developer beta has been available since June, so app makers have likely already worked through most of it, according to Simon Forrest, Principal Technology Analyst at Futuresource Consulting, there are big issues with their apps. Plus, Apple hasn’t changed its user interface to the point where apps stop working overnight.
“It will all shake itself up in a few weeks,” said Troughton-Smith.