Apple’s OS development teams are going to ‘Build Different’

Apple’s OS development teams are going to ‘Build Different’

Some say the mantra for agile development is to be sufficiently resolute to move fast and break things, but as enterprises grow the consequences of doing so become unsustainable, as Apple appears to have learned with iOS 13.

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A report claims Apple has changed the way its development teams work in response to a variety of bugs that crept into iOS 13.

It seems that Apple’s engineers have tended to push even features into daily builds of the operating systems before they were fully tested.

The effect of this was to make test hardware unstable as the OS would end up running a whole bunch of system components, some stable, some not, and some abandoned.

Of course, Apple’s platforms are inherently pretty robust, but the impact on the company’s testing procedures appears to have been to make it rather difficult for the testers to fully comprehend the actual state of the software they were testing.

This means that bugs crept into the operating system without being recognized as such, the report suggests – and the company has changed its approach for iOS 14 (“Azul”) development.

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