2017 has been a great year for Apple as they released their all-new iPhone X. With this, they also celebrated their 10th Anniversary and reflected their tech-giant mark in the global market. On their launch event, they offered their customers with this little beast and the all-new iOS 11 which boasts off to be better than the majority of the current Mobile platforms. Along with all these things, they also introduced some cool new technologies and features that stunned many people.
Well, Apple has always known as a brand of trust. They have been deploying quality products to their customers regardless of their high pricing. With Apple iPhone X, Apple took a more prominent leap with this extremely thin bezel-less Smartphone which looks stunning from every possible angle.
The main reason behind the Apple iPhone X was a series of criticism Apple received for not renovating the earlier launched models, iPhone 7 and 8. As a result of which this little demon, is designed with a unique screen, no physical home button and a newly Face ID feature.
iOS 11 is also power packed with the latest features from Apple, especially regarding the battery draining issue. A significant problem of data usage has been resolved in the iOS 11.
Now Let’s get to the iOS app testing & Bug resolution strategy.
1. Test across all platforms
Cross-platform testing is an important testing in every bug detection process. It enables the user to test any software more profoundly and helps in resolving a higher number of potential bugs. In the current scenario, one will need to pay extra attention while performing cross-testing. If you want to test on some significant platforms, the iOS 11, iOS 9 will be a great choice to start with.
2. Beware of the release numbers
Apart from the above OS which you will cover during the testing process, you have to consider different patch level that comes with different Smartphones.
For example, the patch level of iPhone X will be different from the iPhone 7 or the previous versions of an iPhone. At present, the iPhone X comes in with a patch level of 11.0.1 at the time of purchase. But, it gets updated straight to 11.1.
On the other hand, the previous iPhones such as the iPhone 6, 7, etc. received incremental updates at equal intervals of time. Several phones are there with intermediate versions of OS, which makes your job as a tester, a bit difficult and hectic.
If you want your working in an excellent condition under all circumstances, it is advisable to have at least one intermediate version- an iPhone 7 on 11.0.3.
3. Check your responsive designs time after time
Visualising is the key to finding the most potential bugs on an iPhone. The iPhone X screen is one of its biggest features. It sports a much higher resolution, brighter colours and has a higher PPI (Pixels per Inch) than its predecessors. It is a complete beauty which is worth admiring but has some flaws quite seen by the naked eye. The issue is that it breaks responsive app designs. This isn’t a rendering from Apple that’s for sure.
Designs need to be tested in both portrait as well as landscape mode. There are cases of broken interfaces, missing text, remote buttons and other weirdness in the apps.
For avoiding such issues, the developers need to double check every responsive design, layouts, graphics, etc. to make sure everything looks perfect on the iPhone X.
4. Going with the flow is the key
With the iPhone X not having a physical home button, it makes the whole flow of control entirely different than rest of the iPhones. The Upward swipe gesture is the replacement to the physical home button on the iPhone X. With this, all the operations will be controlled by the upward gesture.
Thus, various operations such as task killing, returning to the home screen requires a new flow; you need to test these flows. Also, if you are planning to automate (which you will), adapt your code to cover them efficiently.
5. Face ID- The latest authenticating mechanism
Touch ID is one of the most critical aspects of an iPhone, and it isn’t going anywhere soon. However, there are still some news-caveats clinging to it. On the other hand, the Face-ID is an innovative technology and is deadly accurate, but it has left many developers unprepared. Major apps on the app market are not identifying the authenticating mechanism accurately.
As a result of which, the relentless struggle of the majority of the developers is all going in vain. Hence, all of the developers and testers need to consider such things and should practice testing quite often. For instance, testing on beta versions and then starting on new devices will undoubtedly prove to be beneficial.
Apple’s all-new iPhone X starts of a new era in the Smartphone Industry with Face-ID, upward swipe gesture, and some other fascinating tech innovations. These features will surely be able to catch anyone’s eye and tempt them to buy one for themselves.
However, in a rush to invent the latest apps for the same, it is essential not to neglect quality & accuracy. Therefore, developers and testers need to follow the above tips to get prepared for the current as well as the future scenario.