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The Crashing of iOS 7

iOS 7 crashing

From the inception of iOS 7, Apple’s polarizing operating system has had its fair share of critics. The initial blowback from developers, early adopters and journalists subsided by the time it was launched. The public release brought a second wave of criticism, which for the most part was in response to the exceedingly bright icons, a stark interface and for some, a removal of some key features affecting productivity apps. Change is hard, but over time, you’ll appreciate iOS 7, finding it impossible to even think about going back iOS 6. That was the general feedback offered by those who had spent months using iOS 7. I count myself among those who was critical at first. At some point, it clicked and it all made sense. That’s what I told friends and family who had a tough time adjusting to the biggest change in iOS since iOS. Some have adapted, love it and some are still staunch supporters of iOS 6. What we all have in common is the continous crashing of iOS 7, which is quickly becoming the most unstable release we’ve seen from Apple.

iOS 7 crashing

The Different Flavors of iOS 7 Crashes

Stories of iOS 7 crashing have made their way into our forums, on Twitter and other social media. What’s troublesome is that it doesn’t seem to be tied to a specific activity. The most common crashes seem to occur in Safari, as evidenced by this extensive thread in Apple’s own support forums. You’ll be happily browsing a website, only to have it crash back to the home screen.

31 flavors

This isn’t tied just to Safari. iOS 7 crashes seem to affect all apps. Normally, this could be attributed to the apps not having their code updated and optimized for iOS 7. High profile apps like Tweebot crash with regularity on my iPhone. It’s not just third party apps. Stock apps like Mail, Calendar and Reminders are also a victim of iOS 7. I’m ¬†running iOS 7 on an iPhone 5s, so this is affecting brand-new devices with the latest and greatest processors. I’ve restored as new countless times, thinking that perhaps it was due to gremlins from a previous backup, but have not seen any improvement.

The instability shows itself in random flaky behavior and I’m not alone. Last night while installing an app, the Open button was completely non-responsive. Browsing my iPhone, the app was not on the springboard. The solution? Power-cycle my iPhone and I could get back to using my Hue lights to create a disco.

I’m making light of my situation, as disco lights in my living room are hardly mission critical. The problem with iOS 7 crashing is that for many, their iPhone or iPad are devices they count on to get things done. These are handheld computers that have had many leaving laptops and desktops behind. Apple’s new ‘verse‘ campaign shows the amazing ways that people are utilizing these devices. Whether you rely on your iOS device for productivity or managing a wind farm, the most basic and core feature of an operating system should be stability. Apple’s biggest change to iOS since iOS isn’t the entirely new interface. Instead it has become the instability of the world’s most advanced operating system. Stability had once been the calling card of iOS. It was a feature that needed no mention, but was highest on the list. People could count on iOS devices to get things done. That should be on the priority list for iOS 7.1 and the eventual release of iOS 8.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Michael Baturin

    January 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    As an extensive listener and lover of audiobooks, my biggest issue to date with ios7 is that whenever I download a new audiobook from the AppStore, the audiobook does not appear in my music>audiobook menu, though it does appear in spotlight. It’s happened very time I’ve downloaded an audiobook from iTunes on the iphone.

  2. Rob

    January 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My experience is that iOS will freeze randomly. Usually, I am using some app, often third party but occasionally stock apps like photos. My response is to close any app (from multitask screen) if not using it. I have even had iPhone 5s, iPad Retina crash (to the apple logo) a few times. These kinds of things never happened to me in iPhone 3g – 4s.

    I have also had odd experiences since upgrading to Mavericks on several Macs. It will fail to boot, just sitting at the grey apple/logo with the revolving progress animation. I have done a recovery boot to re-install several times, thankfully that is pretty easy and aside from the time it takes, is relatively transparent.

    I realize this could be third party apps, but shouldn’t the OS protect itself from poor app design? That is what gave MS the much maligned BSOD reputation back in the 9x/2k days.

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