While the world puzzles out the newly released iOS 11, developers are looking for mobile testing services to make sure their applications will work properly on it. Updating your app to the new operating system is important as unexpected bugs and crashes may damage your company's reputation. To prevent any possible errors in your application when the new operating system is on board, it is crucially important to perform thorough mobile application testing. Experience shows that a $2 bug missed on the requirements stage will cost you $2K upon release.
So, what are the key features of iOS 11 you should pay attention to while testing your mobile app?
- One of the most important things to avoid app testing mistakes is that iOS 11 does not support 32-bit applications. If you released your mobile app after February 2015, there is no need to worry, as iOS 11 works with 64-bit binaries released during that time. Otherwise, app developers should adapt their product to a 64-bit version.
- iOS 11 does not provide first-party support for Twitter and Facebook integrations. Social Library was specially designed for integrating with various social platforms, but in iOS 11, Apple decided to remove third-party apps from the iOS 11 settings. While most social media developers offer web view logins, it is better to check whether this change affects your app.
- Apple has made some changes in the UI, and they should be taken into account in mobile app testing. Particularly, there are drag-and-drop functions that allow users to simultaneously perform multiple tasks. Thus, if your app is developed with native platforms, there is no need to worry. However, if your app is based on HTML5 or another non-native platform, you may find that not all functions of your app work properly on iOS 11.
- Apple has replaced the UI Automation framework for XCUITest with a different object tree. Mobile apps require updates in existing scripts to meet the features of the new automation infrastructure. There are, for instance, compatibility to Appium 1.6, support for Siri and 3D touch, as well as new iOS releases and improved script execution performance.
- You should also be ready for some mobile app testing tools that are not supported by iOS 11. Calabash does not work on iOS 11. According to Apple developers, Xcode support on iOS 11 should not be expected until the Xcode 9 beta 2 release.
- The great thing about iOS 11 is the presence of XTCAtachements. These additions to the API in XCUITests allow testers and developers to make screenshots during mobile app performance testing and apply them to the test run reports.
- Apple provides developers with more mobile app testing tools to ease the adjustment process. Headless testing ensures starting mobile app usability testing with the help of core-simulator in headless mode.
With the introduction of the variety of new features, iOS 11 is expected to be faster and more productive than previous operating systems.