Gone are the days of using the same unchanging operating system for years. Windows 10 is getting a significant upgrade every six months, and those updates break things. Even Apple keeps messing up with iPhone updates.
More Updates, More Problems
Microsoft pulled Windows 10’s October 2018 Update because it deleted some people’s personal files, but that’s just the latest and most prominent issue—previous updates caused problems, too. For example, the Anniversary Update broke millions of webcams before a patch was released a month later. The Anniversary Update also caused some PCs to blue screen when a Kindle device was connected.
We’ve seen many smaller reports of hardware-specific problems after installing a major Windows 10 update, too.
Apple is struggling with update bugs, too. The iOS 11.1 update wouldn’t let some iPhone users type “I.” The iOS 9.0 update led to many people getting stuck on “Slide to Upgrade.” The iOS 8.0.1 update broke cellular connectivity and Touch ID for many people, so Apple had to pull it.
On Google’s Pixel smartphones, Android updates have made the phone unlock and charge more slowly. Everyone is struggling.
The First Beta: The Actual Beta
Companies like Microsoft and Apple have beta tests that should catch these problems before they hit a stable release. Microsoft has its Insider Preview program, Apple has developer and public betas, and Google has its Android beta program.
But, for whatever reason, major bugs keep slipping through the cracks. It’s becoming common for bugs to be missed and hit the stable release. The first stable release feels like another part of the beta-testing process.