Will your site and apps work on the new iPhone 8/Plus, iOS 11 and new Safari?

Posted by Rachel Wilson on Tuesday 19 September 2017

If the Apple marketing machine has done its job properly, you’ll be all too aware that the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus are now on sale. Along with these Apple device releases comes the potential challenges caused by iOS 11.

What’s more, the highly anticipated iPhone X is rumoured to be available in early November this year.

Oh! And the new version of Mac OS, High Sierra (expected to launch in the coming months) brings with it a new version of Safari.

With these new device and operating system releases, there’s going to be 2 types of issues you’ll be concerned with:

  • Issues that Apple will need to fix – but which your customers would appreciate being forewarned about.
  • Bugs that arise within your app itself, that you will need to fix yourself.

After every Apple device and OS update, at BugFinders, we hear the same old story:


 “My app used to work perfectly on iOS 9, but it doesn’t function or look the way it should on iOS 10 and it’s having a massive effect on my brand and revenue.”

 “We run automated tests and emulators to ensure our applications are compatible with the new devices, but we still get complaints from our customers.”


The only true way to test that your website and apps work and are usable for all your visitors is to perform manual functional and usability testing on every phone and mac supported by these new OS versions.

You’ve got a couple of options:

Build a device lab

Purchase the devices and use your internal team to test your site and apps on every configuration.

Assuming you purchase the minimum spec and refurbished where possible, you’re looking at £10,205 just for the devices. And that’s only if you bought one of each range.

Here's a list of iOS 11 Compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models you'll need to buy:

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Use a fully managed on-demand crowdtesting service

You section option is to utilise a community of experienced web testers and users (available 24/7), when and where you need them - who have access to all the devices supported by these new OS versions – but for a fraction of the cost.

This means, when new devices and updates are released, you don’t need to scale up your budget, you don’t need to recruit full-time testers or employ expensive contractors and you don’t need to purchase the devices.You also don’t need to change all your automated test scripts each time as the human testers will go where their eyeballs take them.

These new Apple devices aside, how are you ensuring that your site and apps work on all the devices, operating systems and browsers that your visitors use to access your website and apps? In 2016 alone, Samsung released 34 new mobile devices, Apple released 11 and Sony 8. So how does anyone hope to keep up when so many new technology platforms are introduced into the market each year?

The solution is always on, human testing on a live website. That’s because 24/7 manual testing picks up any critical issues, conversion issues and customer experience issues caused by existing and new devices, browsers and operating systems – bringing revenue impacting bugs to the surface. In just 72 hours your software will be tested thousands of device and OS combinations.

If you want to find out more about how to revolutionise your web testing strategy, click here.


Topics: iphone8, Featured, Crowdtesting, testing, apptesting, webtesting, ecommerce, softwaredevelopment, iOS11, safari, iphone8plus, iphone 8, iphone x, browsertesting, cross browser testing