What iOS 15 Means for Testing & Dev Teams
iOS 15 is coming.
That means it’s time to start testing apps against Apple’s latest operating system.
In fact, users are already reporting early feedback issues with the iOS 15 dev preview.
Perfecto teams have prepared for this release (as we do all major releases) in order to have first-in-market release support. With that in mind, I am happy to give you a brief summary of what’s in store for the fall 2021 release.
Outside of the new version, Apple also announced plans for Xcode Cloud, a cloud-based CI/CD service that provides tools for building apps and running tests in parallel in the cloud.
What’s Coming in iOS 15?
iOS 15 will release in fall of 2021, says Apple
As usual, the release will include many feature enhancements and updates. Here are the highlights for app developers and testers, my perspective.
Changes to Notifications
Does your app use notifications? Users will soon have more control over what notifications appear to them and when. A new feature, called ‘Focus,’ is supposed to help customers “be in the moment” through automated suggestions dictating which people and apps are allowed to notify them.
Updates to Apple Apps, Including Safari
Weather, FaceTime, Notes, Apple Maps, Safari — these staples were all touched by Apple devs with a variety of UX and performance enhancements. Safari, notably, has been updated with mobile-first users in mind. UX improvements were made for easier navigation with one hand.
More Support for Unlocking Cars & Doors
As cars become more and more tech-forward, they continue to be more intertwined with mobile devices. Last year, BMW announced it added its keys to Apple Wallet. Apple iterated on this feature for iOS 15 with expanded abilities to unlock and start a vehicle (or open a front door or hotel room door) without getting an iPhone out of your pocket.
Apple Commits to CI/CD With Xcode Cloud
Just as newsworthy as the new OS (perhaps more so) is Apple’s introduction of Xcode Cloud,a cloud-based CI/CD service integrated into its Xcode 13 IDE designed for building apps and running tests in parallel in the cloud.
When a code change is committed, Xcode Cloud can automatically build the app, run automated tests in parallel (to save time), and alert devs of issues.
General availability for Xcode Cloud is planned for 2022.If that sounds like too long of a wait, you can sign up for the beta program at developer.apple.com.
In terms of new iPhones in 2021, rumors point toward a set of new phones coming out at about the same time. However, it looks like there won’t be any curveballs. With a few exceptions, designs are expected to be similar to 2020.
If you haven’t yet, now is the time to start testing. You never know how your app will perform within a new OS until you test it. There is still time to make sure that go-live day is as uneventful for you as possible.
As I mentioned earlier, Perfecto teams have dedicated to delivering launch-day access the latest real & virtual devices, browsers, and OSes, like iOS 15. Even before the release, you can start testing iOS 15 beta on devices in the Perfecto cloud.
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