iOS 11 Update
Your Apps May Be Affected
iOS 11 was recently released and that means two things: One, your iPhone just got some very cool new features and two, your apps might break.
Web App Compatability
At Woodridge, we build web and mobile applications and many of our projects actually include both. Web apps run in browsers which, for the most part, are backward compatible. This means a web app written in 1999 likely will run fine on your 2017 Firefox browser (probably just as well as it did on your Netscape browser).
Mobile App Compatability & Updates
Mobile apps, however, rely on the operating system of the mobile device. Android and Apple (iOS) are updating their mobile operating systems at a frantic pace. This is great for the user, as better features mean a better user experience. But, if you own an app, it also means that each update has the potential to break your app. Substantial updates, like iOS 11, are more likely to do so.
Fortunately, if Woodridge has been performing regular updates on your app, the changes needed to work with iOS 11 are minimal or nothing at all. However, if it has been 6 months or more since the last update to your software, it might take 3 to 4 days of work to update everything.
Finding The Right App Company Can Make All The Difference
We’re here to help. So let’s enjoy these new features, but be ready to keep your apps running smooth. You may want to integrate some of these new features into your app to enhance the experience of your users. With iOS 11, the Files App will be a big one, as will Instant Markup. Let us know if you’d like to chat about how these and other updates that could improve your app.
Kaj Gronholm is the CEO at Woodridge Software, a custom software development firm located near Denver, Colorado. Woodridge specializes in Web, Android, and iOS development and works with a variety of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.