I’m delighted this post generated such insightful discussions and i appreciate all the input so far.
I’ve tried a Java client update but, as i’m sure you’re all familiar, that comes with it’s own challenges ([cough] yeah Touch actions, i’m looking at you!), especially since version 6.0 seems to bring very significant changes to the library.
I’d be very curious to hear more on “session response” topic @bennid. While Appium 1.8 certainly accentuated the problem, i feel iOS Driver to Appium Server communications has always been (at least as far as i’m concerned) sub-par in terms of session management.
Looking forward to reading more of your experiences and resolutions for this little bump in automation.
Thank you kindly once again for all your replies!