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Should we worry about iOS 16? Apple reminds developers how to submit 'effective' bug reports.

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Iphone Se 2022 Black Ios (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple is set to release a slew of new beta updates including iOS 16 on Monday, June 6.
  • Apple has reminded developers how to submit bug reports that it can take action on.
  • It's possible Apple knows developers will need to submit more bugs than usual with this release.

As we edge nearer to WWDC22, Apple has shared a new article that reminds developers how to "file effective bug reports" ahead of the event.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13 during the WWDC22 opening keynote next week, with early betas of all of those releases coming later that day. Apple always makes its betas available to developers to allow them to test their apps against them — but this time it's reminding those developers how to tell it if something's broken (opens in new tab).

Bugs are an inevitable part of the development process. Though they can be frustrating to bump up against, you can help squash these sorts of problems quickly by identifying the issue you're running into, reproducing it, and filing a bug report. Here are some of our top tips for making sure your bug report is clear, actionable, and — most importantly — fixable.

The reminder could potentially give us an idea of how stable we should expect those early betas to be, with Apple expecting developers to find that their apps don't play nicely with whatever it has changed under the hood. That might not necessarily be a bad thing in the long run, though, with Apple hopefully making improvements that will simply require retooling by developers. New APIs, perhaps?

We can be relatively sure that come launch time — likely in September — that iOS 16 will be the best iPhone software to date. Apple, as ever, needs developers and public beta testers to feed any issues they experience back to it before then.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.