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Cordova iOS 6.0.0 Released!
By: Bryan Ellis
01 Jun 2020

We are happy to announce that we have just released Cordova iOS 6.0.0! This is Cordova's official platform for building iOS mobile applications.

Release Highlights

To upgrade:

cordova platform remove ios
cordova platform add ios@6.0.0

The most notable changes in this major release are:

  • Added Xcode 11 compatibility and bumped minimum iOS version to 11.0

    As of April 2020, Apple requires all app store submissions to be built with Xcode 11 and target the iOS 13 SDK.

    Apple has deprecated the mediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction property in iOS 8.0–9.0 and replaced it with mediaTypesRequiringUserActionForPlayback. Apple has also deprecated the mediaPlaybackAllowsAirPlay property in iOS iOS 8.0-9.0 and replaced it with allowsAirPlayForMediaPlayback.

    If you have configured any of these properties in your project's config.xml file, it is recommended that you update with the new preferences options MediaTypesRequiringUserActionForPlayback or AllowsAirPlayForMediaPlayback.

    Additionally, the values for MediaTypesRequiringUserActionForPlayback has changed. It use to be a boolean value but is now a string value of either all, audio, video, or none.

  • Moved WKWebView support into Cordova-iOS and removed UIWebView code

    Due to this change, the cordova-plugin-wkwebview-engine plugin is obsolete and will not work with this release. If you have this plugin installed, it is safe to remove with cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-wkwebview-engine.

    Additionaly, WKURLSchemeHandler support has been introduced with this release. Using a custom scheme to serve your app content through fixes CORS issues that exist because of the strict security policies that WKWebView has applied to the file scheme. You can easily configure your Cordova project to use a custom scheme by setting the preference options scheme and hostname in the config.xml file.

      <preference name="scheme" value="app" />
      <preference name="hostname" value="localhost" />

    It is important to know that with the introduction of WKURLSchemeHandler, iOS 10 support has been dropped.

  • Integrated SplashScreen plugin code & replaced Launch Images with Launch Storyboards

    If you're migrating from launch images, details on how to set up images for Launch Storyboards can be found in the SplashScreen documentation.

  • Fixed overwriting the bundle identifier when there are multiple Xcode build targets
  • Bumped minimum CocoaPods version requirements to 1.8.0

    Since CocoaPods 1.7.0, CDN support was introduced. It was later finalized in 1.7.2 but was not configured as the default until 1.8.0. Using CDN to fetch podspecs over the traditional GitHub repo provides a huge performance enhancement. With CDN, Cordova users no longer need to wait for the CocoaPod's GH repo to be synced. Building a project with pods and a fresh CocoaPods installation takes under a minute now.

    You can take a look at their demonstration video here to see how fast CocoaPods has become with CDN.

Please report any issues you find at!

Changes include:

  • GH-875 fix: remove q leftover
  • chore(audit-license-headers): add & correct license
  • GH-874 chore: cleanup & prep for 6.0.0 release
  • GH-873 chore: remove unassigned splash image
  • GH-872 chore: remove migrate English.lproj deprecated warning
  • GH-871 chore: enable base internalization for CordovaLib
  • GH-866 refactor: default to file scheme
  • GH-852 ci: use github actions
  • GH-869 refactor: bump eslint w/ lint fix & rebuilt package-lock
  • GH-860 breaking: drop q dependency
  • GH-859 refactor: use superspawn
  • GH-851 breaking: replace shelljs with fs-extra
  • GH-862 revert: ios-sim ^9.0.0 to ^8.0.2
  • GH-863 chore (npm): add ignore list
  • GH-861 chore: add package-lock.json
  • GH-790 breaking feature: Integrate & replace SplashScreens w/ Launch Storyboard (CB-13143)
  • GH-769 breaking: add python 3 compatibility to bin/cordova_plist_to_config_xml
  • GH-847 breaking: add & use fs-extra w/ fixes
  • GH-853 breaking: bump xcode w/ fix
  • GH-850 breaking: fix file's chmod
  • GH-849 breaking(pod): remove unused API & bump minimum version requirements to 1.8.0
  • GH-848 breaking: bump cordova-common@4.0.1
  • GH-846 breaking(npm): bump dependencies
  • GH-845 breaking(npm): bump dev dependencies
  • GH-825 Fix type warnings and simplify code with auto boxing.
  • GH-615 (ios) Don't pre-fill orientation
  • GH-820 Only set bundleid to main app target
  • Update
  • GH-822 chore: remove deprecated orientation methods
  • GH-810 Remove dead link to wiki from README
  • GH-543 feat: Add Podspec for Cordova library
  • GH-801 breaking (UserAgent): Drop CDVUserAgentUtil and Implement for WKWebView
  • GH-802 refactor: applied various xcode recommended update
  • GH-800 tests: change comment values for MediaTypesRequiringUserActionForPlayback
  • GH-781 breaking: Use WKURLSchemeHandler for serving app content
  • GH-797 breaking: remove MediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction and update MediaTypesRequiringUserActionForPlayback to proper variable types
  • GH-798 refactor (cordovaBoolSettingForKey): improve boolean checks and native logging
  • GH-785 refactor: deprecate mediaPlaybackAllowsAirPlay
  • GH-794 style: remove extra space from Objective-C test modules
  • GH-784 chore: deprecate mediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction
  • GH-783 breaking (CDVURLProtocol): delete
  • GH-789 chore: fix deprecated stringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding usage
  • GH-788 chore: remove deprecated method viewDidUnload
  • GH-780 breaking: upgrade xcode compatible to 11.0
  • GH-787 fix (CDVWebViewEngine): JavaScript to Native Call Not Working
  • GH-786 test: run on Xcode 11 only
  • GH-782 fix (node): require failure with shebang interpreter
  • GH-779 breaking: bump deployment-target to 11.0
  • GH-773 refactor: drop uiwebview & add wkwebview
  • GH-751 refactor: use template strings
  • GH-749 refactor: transform split out variables
  • GH-750 refactor: transform object shorthand
  • GH-748 refactor: do not alias this to self
  • GH-747 refactor: use arrow functions
  • GH-754 fix: replace variables in Podfile
  • GH-746 refactor: transform var to let/const
  • GH-744 chore: updated eslint with applied fix
  • GH-743 chore: bump node requirement (>=10)
  • GH-731 CB-14135(ios): escape all single quotes from name in Podfile