During its Time to Fly event yesterday, Apple announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 will be widely released today, giving developers just one day’s notice to submit their optimized apps for review.
While developers have access to beta versions of software updates since June, many have been surprised by Apple’s much shorter announcement of the final versions. By comparison, Apple began accepting apps created for iOS 13 on September 10 last year, more than a week before the software update was released on September 19.
Apple’s big WTF, which launches iOS 14 tomorrow without giving developers any notice or the latest tools to submit their apps 😂 – Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 15, 2020
Apple randomly releases iOS 14 in one day without notice is very popular with 2020 – Shihab (JPEGuin) (@JPEGuin) September 15, 2020
I would like to thank @apple for giving the developers 24 hours notice of the release of iOS 14. Zero time to send our applications that support the features of iOS 14. 😕 – Aaron (@AaronTunney) September 15, 2020 .
Time flies when you do not have notification to send updates for iOS 14 🤣 applications – Dom (@domzy) September 15, 2020
Apple announces the release date of iOS 14 24 hours ahead of time as a gift for the end of the summer for its developers – Ben Thompson (@benthompson) September 15, 2020.
I would not say that. These are two eternal problems: – Apple hardware release dates dictate their release dates, not software quality or availability. – It seems that most of Apple has too far an idea of the challenges and conditions faced by external developers. https://t.co/uWGwlkYEvl – Marco Arment (@marcoarment) September 16, 2020
In an email to developers, Apple said that all iOS and iPadOS apps submitted to the App Store will need to be built with the Xcode 12 and iOS 14 SDK, starting in April 2021. Similarly, Apple said that all watchOS apps sent to the App Store will have to be built with Xcode 12 and watchOS 7 SDK from April 2021.