iOS 7.1 experiencing fewer crashes than its predecessor

Madeleine Swain
18 March, 2014
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Yesterday’s news about iOS 7.1, the latest update of the operating system for Apple’s iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, was a little disheartening with the suggestion that users have reported greater battery drainage since the update, but today’s news is a little brighter.

TechRadar is among the sites referencing the performance monitoring company, Crittercism, which has revealed that since its 10 March 2014 launch the updated operating system has been crashing less often than its predecessor.

The current rate of crashes is sitting at 1.6 percent, which is an improvement (albeit a small one) on the 2.1 percent that iOS 7 was experiencing.

The take-up rate of the latest version is also progressing smoothly, with Chitika Insights telling AppleInsider adoption rates were at 18 percent 72 hours after release. The numbers appear to have been boosted by users who had preferred to hold onto iOS 6 when iOS 7 was first released, but are now upgrading, following reports that iOS 7.1 has fixed many of the bugs and glitches affecting its immediate predecessor.

The most pressing concern for many users was the so-called ‘white screen of death’, a software flaw that sporadically and randomly forced iOS devices into a soft reset. Apple called it ‘an occasional Home screen crash bug’, which didn’t quite roll off the tongue as easily, but was just as frustrating for users.

However, WSofD or HSCB, it’s gone now and no one will be lamenting its passing.

And to revisit that not-so-positive report from yesterday for a moment, it should be noted that claims of increased battery drainage on the launch of an updated operating system are regular occurrences. So, the chances are it’s just a readjustment issue that can be sorted out by following a few tips and tricks, such as turning off Location Services or resetting.

This post from Apple Support Communities may look like one of the many appearing on forums this week, but take a closer look at the date. Yes, it was a response to complaints following the launch of iOS 6.


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