Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 16.3

WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. version 16.3 betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. is available for testing on TestFlight. You can sign up for our TestFlight program and join as a beta tester by opening that link on your iPhone or iPad.

Release Notes

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor
    • Adding support for selecting different unit of value in Cover and Columns blocks [#26161]
    • Button block – Add link picker to the block settings [#26206]
    • Fix theme colors syncing with the editor [#26821]
  • Site Creation
    • Adds an option to pick a home page design when creating a An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. site. [multiple PRs]
  • Removed newReaderNavigation feature flag
    • There should be no functional changes, so just smoke test the Reader and all the filters to ensure they behave as expected.
      Note: there is an existing issue with unsaving posts from the Saved filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.. [#15382]
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where `tel:` and `mailto:` links weren’t launching actions in the webview found in Reader > post > more > Visit. [#15310]
    • Reader bug fix: tapping a telephone, sms or email link in a detail post in Reader will now respond with the correct action. [#15307]
    • My Site > Settings > Start Over. Correcting a translation error in the detailed instructions on the Start Over view. [#15358]

Test Setup

  • Go to Account > App Settings > Privacy Settings and turn on the Collect information option.
  • Go to Account > Help & Support and turn on the Extra Debug option.
  • Go to My Site > Settings > Use Block Editor to enable the block editor for new posts.
  • If you are comfortable testing in a language other than English, please test in that language.

What Testing is Most Needed

  1. Site Creation 🙏 please see Release Notes and many linked PRs above.
  2. Reader – smoke testing, general use and navigation.
  3. Dogfooding – After reading the list of changes (especially the Block Editor, Site Creation and Reader notes), create content and use our features! Discover new blogs in the Reader and follow/unfollow topics you are interested in. Share everything you think is worth sharing. Opinions, ideas, frustrations, likes….leave it all in the comments!

You can also check out all of the updates that went into this release: WordPress-iOS 16.3gutenberg-mobile 1.42

Where to Report

Please report bugs in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. at WordPress-iOS or gutenberg-mobile (for block editor issues) if you are comfortable doing so or add a comment to this post if you have any questions, feedback, or issues you’re not sure how to report.

Instructions for Reporting Issues

  • Search the GitHub repository first to see if the bug is a known issue. If you verify a known issue, please leave a comment noting the app and device info you tested with!
  • For new issues, please follow the template GitHub repository that shows up when creating a new issue.
  • Please be aware that a bot will ask for labels but you may not have rights to add them. Know that labels will be added by someone on the triage team.
  • Please do not include full Activity Logs which include tokens. Activity Logs can be very helpful for debugging but you should only include them if you have removed tokens as those should not be shared publicly. You can find the logs at Account > Help & Support > Application log.

/hat tip @meaghanthompson for providing the Release Notes and Most Needed Testing sections.

Thanks for testing!

#call-for-testing, #ios, #mobile