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      Latest reply on May 15, 2018 9:43 PM by KMT
      bob133 Level 4 Level 4 (955 points)

        I've heard people talking about them before, but exactly what does it refer to?  I think it refers to filing something on bugreport.apple.com; am I correct?

        • Re: What is a "radar?"
          Max108 Level 8 Level 8 (5,780 points)

          Radar is Apple's bug tracking system. It's developed in-house for use at Apple exclusively, and it tracks absolutely everything, from bugs to tasks to enhancements to features to problems with content to issues with IT, and anything else you can think of.

           

          Apple's Radar system is also open to registered developers who can use it to file bugs or enhancement requests with Apple. External users have no way to know if an issue has been reported, so it's common to file an issue and then be informed that it's a duplicate of a previous issue.

            • Re: What is a "radar?"
              bob133 Level 4 Level 4 (955 points)

              You didn't answer my question.  My question is, "is it the same thing as the Bug Reporter tool?"

                • Re: What is a "radar?"
                  Max108 Level 8 Level 8 (5,780 points)

                  Yes, but the Bug Reporter tool is only the one public facing side of a more intricate collection hub - including vast amounts of data sent to it automatically by Macs running developer previews for example (unless you turn that off in System Preferences > Privacy). It has it's own ecosystem inside Apple but, yes, as far as we're concerned filing a radar is filing a bug.

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                  • Re: What is a "radar?"
                    KMT Level 9 Level 9 (12,515 points)

                    Ouoting from the 'net, rather than linking, since moderation to allow seems hit/miss"

                     

                    "Apple's Radar system is also open to registered developers who can use it to file bugs or enhancement requests with Apple. Although Radar is reputedly very good when used inside of Apple, this is not generally apparent to users outside of the company. The frequent request to "file a radar" often sounds more or less like "forget it, buddy", because issues frequently go weeks or even years without so much as an acknowledgement or indeed any indication at all that anyone has even read the issue. This leads to the perception of the Radar system as being something of a black hole.

                     

                    External users have no way to know if an issue has been reported, so it's common to file an issue and then be informed that it's a duplicate of a previous issue. That seems reasonable at first, but in practice it means that you'll never get notified if the issue is resolved."

                     

                    And yes, it's the same as 'Report Bugs'

                • Re: What is a "radar?"
                  baraupp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

                  Actually, when people talk about 'Radar', they can also mean https://openradar.appspot.com, which is an public open bug database. When reporting a bug on bugreport.apple.com, you are encouraged to also copy it to openradar, so that other people can actually see what bugs have been reported.

                  • Re: What is a "radar?"
                    alan.raceQs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

                    Yes, but why "Radar"?

                    Radar is about interpreting radio waves reflected off aircraft, ships, land, rain, etc.

                      • Re: What is a "radar?"
                        KMT Level 9 Level 9 (12,515 points)

                             >Radar is about interpreting

                         

                        The bug reporter works the same way...use of a tool to gather information, where it's interpreted and acted on as applies.

                         

                        Ever heard the expression "it's on our radar..." ...? That phrase went into the public vernacular a long time ago and usually means "we're looking into it, -or- we're working on it...". In the context of the bug reporter, I think it's simply insider slang. I like it better than 'file a bug', tho - great way to find out if you're talking to an actual developer, too.