How to simulate iOS version upgrade? How to simulate iOS version upgrade? ios ios

How to simulate iOS version upgrade?


To test a transition from one state (before) to another (after), you need a way to put the app in the before state.

Your app surely won't be running while the OS is being updated, so you really only need to worry about the app starting up and discovering that the OS has been updated. There are a couple options:

  • Copy all your app's data files from a device running the "old" iOS version (5.1 according to your question) to a device running the new (6.0) version. The organizer in Xcode will let you easily copy your app's "container" from a device to your Mac or vice versa.

  • Make your app write it's data in the "old" format. It's not uncommon for an app to have methods for reading and writing data in different formats depending on the environment, so it's often easier to get your app to write data out in the old format than to actually copy from an old device.

Whichever path you choose, think about any other places (like user defaults) where you might made OS version-dependent changes and set those back to values that correspond to the previous OS. This applies especially to keychain items, which aren't stored in your app's sandbox.

Unit testing frameworks (like Apple's XCTest framework) generally have a setup mechanism that you could use to reset your app to the before state, including copying files, adding and removing keychain items, setting defaults items, etc. You can then add unit tests that run whatever code might be involved in an update and test the results. With a set of easily repeatable tests you'll be able to debug any problems more easily.

However you approach it, the goal is to put the app in the same state that it would be in if it were running for the first time after an OS update occurred. You don't have to worry about simulating the actual OS update, you only need to trick the app into thinking that the update has just happened.


For now, you can still install iOS 8.2. When a new version is released, Apple leaves both versions open for installation for a short time. While that "signing window" is open you can upgrade a device, test, and then restore it from an image of the older version. So you could do some intensive testing while the window is open, but obviously that's not a long-term solution (it typically lasts only a few days).

If you have the budget for it, you could install 8.2 on a device, put a big sticker on it saying "do not upgrade", and keep it on 8.2 for as long as it's relevant. Install your app on that device and take a backup (with backup encryption enabled so that keychain entries will be included), then restore that backup to another device that's on 8.3 - this is basically the same procedure you'll go through when doing an upgrade/restore through iTunes so it should be pretty close. It won't be exactly the same as an OTA update on-device of course, but for that, see option 1 above (and see it soon).


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