The main CocoaPods website, cocoapods.org, lets you search for all versions of a pod. That includes prerelease versions. As a result, when searching for a pod with a prerelease version, the latest prerelease version is shown in the result list.
This sounds good in principle, but the behaviour is at odds with how the
pod command operates.
The default there is to use the latest released pod version.
As a result of this – as we noticed via our stats system – usage of prerelease versions is minimal, and showing the latest prerelease version on cocoapods.org violates expectations as to what
pod install will actually install.
Therefore, we will be switching to the
pod command default also on cocoapods.org, meaning in the results, we will show only released versions.
We've prepared all systems for the switch and will flip it on December 31st 2015 to start into the new year with the brand new search engine behavior.
Happy New Year, pod friends!