If Apple distributes beta versions of its operating systems, it is to find bugs that have slipped through the cracks of its own nets. The first versions distributed each year in June all still contain more or less large and serious bugs depending on the year and the company is counting on beta testers to help it find them. With iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, this process has been considerably simplified with a mechanism close to that which has been in place for years on Macs.
When the system detects a crash, whether within an app or even a general crash that caused an iPhone or iPad to restart, it displays a dialog box in English. This displays a title indicating what happened, either an app that crashed, or the entire system that had a problem, or even the device that restarted unexpectedly. A second message suggests sharing a bug report to allow Apple to understand the origin of the problem and fix it in a future beta.
As on macOS, submitting a bug report is optional, but Apple is doing everything to simplify this step. If you agree to send information, a new interface is displayed, that of the Assessment Assistant app which is automatically installed with all iOS betas. The essentials are already filled in, in particular the exact model of device used or your identifier.
Essential diagnostic information is already collected and all you have to do is describe what happened just before the crash. Better to do it in English, but it is not necessary to write a novel, a few words about the context may be enough. You will certainly not be the only one to submit this bug report anyway, especially with this new device, but your data may help an Apple engineer to find the source of the problem.
All these reports can then be found in the Assessment app and you can optionally supplement them with additional information. In theory, you could also get a response from Apple, but don’t count on it too much. In normal times, it’s already rare to get answers to a bug report, but during the summer beta period, it’s not even worth counting on it.
This is also one of the criticisms addressed to Radar, the underlying infrastructure created by the company years ago, as we explained in this article:
Discovering Radar, Apple’s underwater tool for tracking all bugs
Answer or not, you better report bugs if you want to see a fix. With the new simplified mechanism built into the betas, you no longer have any excuses not to, and if you prefer a slightly more stable system, the advice remains the same. At least wait for the public betas, scheduled for July this year, or even the final versions which will be released in September.