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#201: How to File a Bug with Apple 🐞


We've all been there. We hit a bug, and after a bit of debugging we determine the cause actually lives in one of Apple's frameworks. 😱Perhaps even worse, we find a crashing bug in Xcode itself 😨. When we hit these types of issues, our first step to getting it fixed should be reporting the bug to Apple. Today we'll check out how to do it. Let's begin.

We'll start by going to bugreport.apple.com and logging in with our developer account Apple ID.

Once inside, we'll see a delightful iOS 6-ish interface. Yeah... Anyways, we'll click the New button to get started.

Next, we'll select the platform/product we're reporting for.

Finally, we'll be shown the main New Problem form. Most of the fields are self explanatory, but don't feel too boxed in by the format. Just be direct, describe the exact problem as we'd want to hear it described ourselves (imagine if we were the ones tasked to fix it!)

Here's a quick example:

Apple's internal “Radar” system for tracking these reports has gotten a bad rep. In truth though, it's our only way to get these types of issues in front of the eyes of the engineers who need to know about them. Now go forth, and report all the things!