Posted On: Mar 21, 2017
AWS Device Farm now enables you to choose Appium 1.6.3 when scheduling your tests.
In the AWS Device Farm Console, after selecting Appium as your test type when scheduling a run, you can simply select the Appium version from the dropdown list. Tests scheduled via the API will continue to run on 1.4.16 by default, although you can override this by specifying the Appium version string "1.6.3", or always run on the latest supported Appium version by specifying "latest".
Appium 1.6.3 addresses many issues, including the addition of support for iOS 10. Another major change between 1.6.3 and 1.4.16 is the elimination of Appium pre-launch mode. Previously, Device Farm ran Appium tests in pre-launch mode, which may have required changes to the way you structured your tests. In 1.6.3, pre-launch is no longer available or used. To prevent potential issues in your test execution, we suggest that you test your Appium tests against 1.6.3 in your local environment to verify compatibility.