While iPhone users feel quite excited at today’s surprise iOS 14 release, most app developers are disappointed at Apple’s decision to release its latest OS earlier than anticipated. “Apple has seemingly out of the blue decided to surprise developers with no real warning or care,” a developer said.
“I think a lot of developers won’t be sleeping tonight or will instead just give up and opt to release [their app] when they want to, instead of alongside the new OS,” said iOS developer Shihab Mehboob, who explained how he was one of the lucky developers to finish up his app in time for iOS 14’s public release.
However, the last-minute rush is proving to be quite an issue even for Shihab, who still has to get his app through Apple’s review process.
As noted by Mashable, today’s iOS 14 release seems to be causing issues for a lot of developers looking to submit their app to Apple.
“Without advance warning like this, nothing is ready,” a developer at High Caffeine Content, Steve Troughton-Smith, told me. “Developers aren’t ready, the App Store isn’t ready, and everybody is rushing to react instead of having the chance to finish their apps properly.”
“There are some developers who have spent all summer working on something new, using the latest technologies, hoping to be there on day one and participate in the excitement of the new iOS,” he continued. “For many of them, they’ll be incredibly upset to have it end like this.”
In the past, Apple usually gave third-party app developers a heads up of about a week before the official public release of a new iOS.