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We are very excited to announce beta support for a new Sauce Connect backend. The new backend provides better support for testing iOS applications that access internal servers. The new backend contains significant changes and users are strongly encouraged to beta test it. Beta testing will ensure that your build and test pipelines are not impacted when we cut over to the new backend after a month on October 24th.  

Primary benefit of the new Sauce Connect backend

App Transport Security (ATS) or Apple’s best practices for network security are enabled by default in all iOS applications built for iOS 9.0 and above. However, currently it is not possible to test these apps on Sauce when they access internal servers with self-signed certificates. You either need to install a publicly trusted certificate on internal servers or add ATS exceptions for internal domains in your app. The new backend allows you to test iOS apps as is with internal servers.

Platforms supported by the new backend during beta

  • All iOS simulators
  • All Android emulators
  • All desktop platforms

Real devices and all Android emulators will be added to the beta in a few weeks.

How to beta test the new backend?

Simply add --vm-version beta to your Sauce Connect command line. Any Sauce Connect client version can be used.

Please email cy@saucelabs.com for assistance with technical issues during the beta. 

Happy Testing,
Chandra Yalangi
Product Manager - Sauce Connect, Emulators and Simulators