Crash Test: iOS 8, Yosemite

If you are a developer or just an early adopter with an iOS Developers License who is considering upgrading your iPhone to the iOS 8 beta released yesterday,  we tested a bunch of different apps to see how they fared.

For the most part, the apps were OK. Some had minor issues, which is to be expected at such an early stage in the operating system’s development cycle. Only a few apps failed to work, though.

The most notable broken apps were:

  • Google Chrome (though other Google apps seemed to work fine)
  • 1Password
  • Amazon Web Services Console
  • Untappd

Tweetbot also had a handful of issues that affected its secondary features.

We also did a quick test of Yosemite. For the most part, we were impressed with the speed of the operating system. It is slow at first, when the OS first loads, files are being indexed, and databases are being upgraded. Once you are past that step, though, it moves pretty smoothly.

There was some glitches within programs (i.e. tabs covered the bar in Chrome) but no apps failed to load, including Adobe CS6, Microsoft Office 2011, Coda 2 and even Parallels, which is famous for forcing you to throw money out the window to upgrade every time a new OS comes out. That is not to say that Parallels, Inc. won’t find a way to claim that the software is “incompatible” by the time the operating system is officially released. For the time being, though, users are safe.

The main issue we encountered with Yosemite was the look. While some users may find it refreshing, cleaner, or even flatter — it certainly is as flat as can be — it looks like a cheap Linux distribution.

After we test the features of both the mobile and desktop platforms in greater detail, we will report our findings. However, we cannot promise that we will not get sidetracked by playing around with Swift.

Marcello C. De Feo

Founder and co-ownerr at Untied Magazine
Marcello De Feo started blogging in 2002 as a way to promote his band and stay in touch with friends back east when he lived in Colorado. Over the years, he has owned and run many blogs, the most notable of which was the now defunct He currently runs, and
  • Casey

    Nice, can’t wait to get my hands on them. I signed up for the Yosemite beta program so just waiting for the first release

  • Eugene Min

    Tested it few days ago. I hate Developer Preview’s UI lags!
    Also: Parallels and Coda 2 didn’t work for me…

    • Marcello

      Weird. I’ve noticed a couple bugs with Coda 2 but I was able to use it. I had no problems with Parallels. I guess it’s a crapshoot.

      • Eugene Min

        Found solution for Coda 2: remove all plug-ins and modes in ~/Library/Application Support/Coda 2/

        • Marcello

          Glad you got it working! Did you add any of them back? I wonder if it was a specific plugin that was causing the issue.

          • Eugene Min

            Yes, it’s Emmet.codaplugin that crashes Coda.

          • Marcello

            Thanks for the update!

          • David

            Can we reinstall Emmet yet?

          • Eugene Min

            No. It crashes even in DP3.

          • Marcello

            Are either of you having any other issues? My screen glitches and sometimes and reboots randomly.

          • Eugene Min

            I had no reboots.

          • David

            dang. Two left feet without Emmet.

        • Jannik Portz

          thanks so much :) didn’t work for me with Emmet either, but after removing it works (Y)