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Apple says that a fix for the home screen crashes is coming

Apple is finally owning up to a rather serious problem with its mobile operating system, iOS 7. IOS 7 has come under flak by a lot of users for its significantly overhauled and “flat” UI, however, it’s been the steady stream of bugs in the operating system that have really riled up users.
 
One of the most nagging bugs causes the phone to freeze, then “respring” back to the lock screen. While many have characterized this behavior as a reboot, it’s actually just restarting the iOS Springboard that manages the iOS home screen. A full system reboot takes a bit longer than a respring.

The home screen/respring issue first showed up in beta releases of iOS 7 way back in June
 
But however you characterize the bug, it still has been causing havoc for many iOS users. Any unsaved data that you are currently working on when the bug occurs is lost, and this is happening multiple times per day to some unlucky iOS users.
 
But according to Mashable, Apple is finally on the case — even though the bug has been around [officially] since iOS 7 was released in September 2013. In typical Apple fashion, the company gave minimal details, only stating, “We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash.”
 
But while Apple has acknowledged its respring bug, it is still being tightlipped about the even more widely reported problems with Safari on 64-bit iOS 7 devices: namely the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and Retina iPad Mini (although the latter two seem to be affected most by these issue). Slews of users have reported that Safari simply crashes back to the home screen for no reason multiple times per day. IOS flags the crashes as being related to “low memory.”

 
 
Safari Low Memory errors in iOS 7 on an iPad Air
 
Anand Shimpi of AnandTech briefly touched on the memory issues in his iPad Air review:
 
In general you’re looking at a 20 - 30% increase in memory footprint when dealing with an all 64-bit environment. At worst, the device’s total memory usage never exceeded 60% of what ships with the platform but these are admittedly fairly light use cases. With more apps open, including some doing work in the background, I do see relatively aggressive eviction of apps from memory. The most visible case is when Safari tabs have to be reloaded upon switching to them. Applications being evicted from memory don’t tend to be a huge problem since the A7 can reload them quickly.
 
The tricky part is you don’t really need all that much more memory. Unfortunately as with any dual-channel memory architecture, you’re fairly limited in how you can increase memory capacity and still get peak performance. Apple’s only move here would be to go to 2GB, which understandably comes with both power and financial costs. The former is a bigger concern for the iPhone 5s, but on the iPad Air I would’ve expected a transition sooner rather than later.
 
Similarly, many users report that Safari tabs will refresh often when switching from tab to tab, even when Safari is the only app open.
 
There is a discussion thread over at the Apple Support Communities that is 83 pages long regarding the above Safari issues. Hopefully, Apple won’t take months to address these issues.

Source: Mashable



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RE: pfft
By Tony Swash on 1/24/2014 4:44:07 AM , Rating: -1
I don’t know what’s more nauseating the crocodile tears on behalf of Apple consumers or the mock indignation that not everyone takes your ludicrous posts seriously. Let’s not pretend that there is a real debate going on here. All that’s happening is that a bunch of obsessed Apple haters have, in a desperate desire to talk up any bad Apple news they can find, pounced on a report of a bug in iOS, to waffle on about an imaginary Apple’s downward spiral and the equally imaginary poor plight of Apple consumers (who you despise anyway).

I am as up for an adult discussion as anyone but such a thing requires two adults.

If you want a substantial and mature debate post something non-hysterical, considered, coherent and mature, if you want childish banter just carry on in the same vein as you have been and I am happy to oblige.

Your call.


RE: pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 1/24/2014 9:12:22 AM , Rating: 2
Tony in a vacuum I might agree with you. But the problem is Apple brings it on themselves by creating a culture of arrogance. As a whole the company, from Steve Jobs on down, has behaved so obnoxiously and better-than-you, that it's only natural for non-Apple fanbois to snicker and cheer any misstep.

Call it Karma or whatever, but when you treat everyone like an ass, when you put yourself on a pedestal, be prepared to eat crow when you screw up.


RE: pfft
By BRB29 on 1/24/2014 9:31:46 AM , Rating: 1
News Flash Reclaimer, Steve has been dead for a while. That "I'm better than you" culture is no longer there. Apple makes good products at high prices. It's up to you to buy it.

They've reached a sales volume where they are pretty much part of mainstream. Everyone I know buy apple devices because it gives them less problems. Their service is very good.

You can keep hating on them but I'm sure it won't make a shred of difference if their corporate arrogance is too high. People will buy the product for what it is. This cult you're speaking of is made up of a loyal following. They are very tiny part of apple users population.


RE: pfft
By retrospooty on 1/24/2014 9:36:20 AM , Rating: 2
"News Flash Reclaimer, Steve has been dead for a while. That "I'm better than you" culture is no longer there."

The hell it isn't. It lives on strong in every douchey fanboy that acts like this iPhone somehow makes them smarter than others around them... Ironic because its actually the dumbed down interface that makes them think its smart. It is, they arent. You need look no farther than this site for proof of that.


RE: pfft
By troysavary on 1/24/2014 2:49:07 PM , Rating: 2
The irony here is so thick. Android fans act every bit as superior, if not more so, than Apple fans, and your post just proved it.


RE: pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 1/24/2014 2:52:27 PM , Rating: 1
Only you would somehow find a way to work Android into this.

Seek help friend. The only "irony" here is in your own mind.

Apple was an asshole company decades before Android was even an idea. Maybe you're too young to know that though. Read up.


RE: pfft
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/24/2014 2:55:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android fans act every bit as superior, if not more so, than Apple fans, and your post just proved it.
Um...no, they do not.


RE: pfft
By retrospooty on 1/24/2014 3:12:38 PM , Rating: 2
Your logic fails. I just said that Apple's UI is smart, set up to be easy to use for the non-technical. How on earth does that prove or even say anything about Android in any way?


RE: pfft
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/2014 2:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
They're the worst kind of fanboy I've seen. Irony doesn't begin to describe them.


RE: pfft
By FaaR on 1/25/14, Rating: 0
RE: pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 1/26/2014 9:48:10 AM , Rating: 1
How did you read that and come to the conclusion it was a "hate filled rant"? I couldn't have been calmer. I didn't even use an exclamation point or a single bought of caps-lock, not that I ever do, but I digress.

Stop the dramatics and hyperbole. There was no hate there at all, I'm just telling it like it is in a calm, concise, and rational manner.

quote:
The iOS software keyboard for example is pretty shite methinks and I wish they'd do something about it.


Well this is just one key distinction. When the Google keyboard for Android was crap, I didn't have to wait around hoping they would fix it. I just installed Swype and went about my business.

quote:
Apple users aren't those which you describe.


Interesting you tell me to get a clue, and yet you've interpreted that post as an attack on Apple consumers. I was criticizing Jobs himself and the companies attitudes and statements made by various employees, yes, but where am I attacking Apple users in this "hate filled rant"?

quote:
So calm down a bit, maybe get a clue perhaps.


Indeed. After you sir.


RE: pfft
By retrospooty on 1/24/2014 9:36:45 AM , Rating: 1
"News Flash Reclaimer, Steve has been dead for a while. That "I'm better than you" culture is no longer there."

The hell it isn't. It lives on strong in every douchey fanboy that acts like this iPhone somehow makes them smarter than others around them... Ironic because its actually the dumbed down interface that makes them think its smart. It is, they arent. You need look no farther than this site for proof of that.


RE: pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 1/24/2014 1:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That "I'm better than you" culture is no longer there.


Please, have you heard Cook speak lately?

quote:
Everyone I know buy apple devices because it gives them less problems.


I have no way to verify this or even care. So what? Your friends are as insecure and vapid as you, congrats!

My post was to try and help Tony understand why he's facing such opposition here. Not really looking to get into the whole "why idiots buy Apple" discussion.


RE: pfft
By retrospooty on 1/24/2014 4:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
" So what? Your friends are as insecure and vapid as you, congrats!"

LOL. You really do have to wonder about anyone that puts this much importance on a company (referring to Tony spending so much time online defending a company, not the average Apple buyer) There is simply something wrong there. Either insecurity , or insincerity, or they are just mentally imbalanced like TesterWazza.


RE: pfft
By BRB29 on 1/29/2014 8:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I have no way to verify this or even care. So what? Your friends are as insecure and vapid as you, congrats!


lol you just proved your whole argument invalid with this statement. You're just throwing out your opinions and called it facts. Then move the goal posts.

The corporate world had embraced the iphones and starting to adopt the macbooks for a reason. It is not about a cult or loyal sheeps. If that's not waking you up, then I'm sure any facts will just be ignored by you and countered by "your facts"

I'm not the only one calling 100+million apple users in the US alone insecure and vapid.


RE: pfft
By retrospooty on 1/24/14, Rating: 0
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