Apple ($AAPL) is more unpopular than ever. The tech giant usually gives app developers about a week to prepare for the launch of a new iOS — this time around, they were given just 24 hours’ notice.
With Apple’s announcement of iOS 14 on Tuesday during its annual September event, developers for iPhone and iPad found themselves scrambling to update their apps. While a beta version of the operating system has been available since June, many developers assumed they’d have at least a week to get their updates ready ahead of the launch. Many took to Twitter to voice their complaints.
iPhone user seb: “oh hell yeah ios 14 is coming tomorrow”— Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) September 15, 2020
Developer seb: “oh my god what the fuck”
Cannot believe they are just shadow dropping iOS 14. That feels so horrible as a developer.— Sawyer Blatz (@SawyerBlatz) September 15, 2020
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
Time flies, when you have no notice to submit app updates for iOS 14 🤣— Dom (@domzy) September 15, 2020
Apple announcing the iOS 14 release date 24 hours ahead of time as a summer ending gift to developers 🤣— Ben Thompson (@benthompson) September 15, 2020
iOS 14 releases tomorrow?!— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) September 15, 2020
Gonna be a busy day for the developer center, App Store Connect, and app review...
In June, Apple held their annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), where it announced iOS 14. Developers were given a beta version to test and make sure their apps were compatible with the new software. However, the beta version is never quite the same as the final product, so developers were counting on some extra time to make bug fixes.
Only now do submissions to the App Store work. It is 10PM UK time; iOS 14 launches tomorrow. App Review can be anywhere from an hour to several days. This is a whole lot of unnecessary stress on developers in an otherwise stressful year https://t.co/O1NrtipW4k— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 15, 2020
I get how whiny this sounds, but I think this is the most negative I’ve felt after an Apple event.— Charlie Chapman (@_chuckyc) September 15, 2020
I don’t push myself that hard, but I did do a lot of work to prepare to hit the “day one” release for iOS 14 with hopes of a reward in the shape of making some lists or something
ALL my banking apps are NOT working with iOS 14. 😳🤷🏽♂️— Dax (@daxlucas) September 17, 2020
Already, this is looking like the most problematic operating system upgrade in years.
Very 2020. 🙈
Apple’s September events usually mark the release of its “Golden Master” (GM) version of an iOS along with Xcode developer tools. The GM is typically an updated form of the beta, and therefore requires more work to get an app update rolled out. Then there’s the process of getting Apple to approve the app for its App Store, which can take anywhere from a few hours to a week.
Many apps won’t be available on iOS 14 just yet, and developers of major apps, including Nintendo, which makes the popular iPhone game "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp," have cautioned against updating.
We have confirmed that you cannot start the application after updating the iOS device to iOS 14.— Pocket_camp (@Pocket_Camp) September 15, 2020
We are planning to fix this issue in an upcoming update within this month.
We do not recommend you to update your device to iOS 14 until we have fixed this issue. pic.twitter.com/G4RiqoAd0x
Sorry, my iOS 14 features aren’t ready yet.— Overcast (@OvercastFM) September 16, 2020
Since it’ll be a while before most of my customers use iOS 14, I spent the summer prioritizing bug fixes and my family’s pandemic/school logistics (we’re OK, just busy).
Like you all, I’m just doing what I can this year. More soon.
Apple’s increasingly strict App Store policies have drawn heavy criticism in recent months, contributing to developers’ bitterness toward the company. Its ongoing court battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games ($PRIVATE:EPICGAMES) has painted Apple as the villain, due to the App Store’s 30% fee on all app transactions that Epic Games argues is unfair. Both Google and Apple charge the same fee for apps in their stores, and both companies kicked Epic Games out for attempting to bypass their payment methods.