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Apple Approving iOS 8-Optimized Apps, but Extensions Not Working Properly Yet

ios_8_extensions_iconFollowing last week's iPhone and Apple Watch media event, Apple officially invited developers to begin submitting their iOS 8 apps for App Store review ahead of tomorrow's public release of the new operating system. While a number of developers have been tweaking their apps to work better with iOS 8 over the past few months, the major step forward comes as apps begin to support the new functionalities supported in iOS 8.

Apple has already begun approving some of these iOS 8-optimized apps, but a few high-profile developers are finding that some of their highly anticipated extensions are not working properly in the updated apps being distributed through the App Store. While only a small subset of iOS users are affected due to limited distribution of the iOS 8 golden master released to developers last week, the issue has been a concerning one for developers trying to diagnose it.

One example is OmniFocus 2 for iPhone [Direct Link], which will include an extension to add an OmniFocus list of tasks to the "Today" view in Notification Center. In the iOS 8-optimized version of OmniFocus 2 released over the weekend and a bug fix released yesterday, the Today view is currently not being properly populated with data from OmniFocus itself.

A similar issue is occurring with popular calculator app PCalc [Direct Link], and both issues appear to be related to code signing on Apple's end. PCalc developer James Thomson has been in touch with Apple and received word that the company is indeed working on the problem.

All indications are that this is a problem Apple will thankfully be able to fix without requiring developers to submit new versions of their apps, and presumably the company will have it fixed in time for the public release of iOS 8 tomorrow.

Update: Apple has fixed the issue, and is prompting users to re-download properly signed versions of the affected apps.


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26 months ago
I have a feeling iOS 8.0.1 will be coming very shortly after the release of iOS 8.0 tomorrow
Rating: 16 Votes
26 months ago

I have a feeling iOS 8.0.1 will be coming very shortly after the release of iOS 8.0 tomorrow


And then 8.0.2, followed by 8.0.3 and then bam! Before you even know it - 8.1!
Rating: 8 Votes
26 months ago

I have a feeling iOS 8.0.1 will be coming very shortly after the release of iOS 8.0 tomorrow


usually does
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago

I kind of expected iOS 7.0 to be glitchy because the entire UI was revamped (and it was) but there's really no excuse for how glitchy iOS 8.0 has been.


You really think a superficial update of the fonts and icons is more bug-prone than changes that affect some fairly deep OS functionalities?
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
I spent hours trying to figure out why the widget on my StepTracker update did not work in the iOS8 GM. I wish Apple would have just told us that this problem existed!!!!!
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
Huge changes with iOS 8. Not surprised there might be a few early glitches.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
GM hasn't been released. There will be another release as some items have been pulled back.

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I agree. Developers have had to work in a bubble all this while, so there may be an initial "trial and error" period while everyone troubleshoots to see what works and what doesn't.

Basic extensions like enabling pocket extensions in safari shouldn't be a problem, but more complex ones might.

Hope Apple sorts them out fast.


This is how it worked with every other iOS release so far. Do you think us developers got to test outside our own offices much before iOS 2 was released to the public? Or any of the other new APIs released in every version of iOS each time?

You test and resolve the issues you can internally and know you're going to have to made updates when it goes public. This is just part of being a developer on any platform when you want your product to hit as soon as the new platform goes public.

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I'm guessing that the already shipped iPhones will need 8.0.1 so we will likely see that available on Sept 19th.


That's pretty uncommon. Only time we saw something like that happen was a Verizon specific fix. Generally they wait for the bug fix release. You won't likely see one between iOS 8 release tomorrow and iPhone 6 release on Friday. There simply isn't enough time to find out all the issues, resolve, and test the fixes before then.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
I have a feeling there are going to be some growing pains from enabling extensions. It's going to take Apple and developers several months to get things right. But in the end these are going to be great. Best feature of ios8
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago

And then 8.0.2, followed by 8.0.3 and then bam! Before you even know it - 8.1!


But will it go up to 11?
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
If you must have launch day issues, better software than hardware.
Rating: 1 Votes

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