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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: Ah haa haa!
By BRB29 on 1/24/2014 9:06:35 AM , Rating: 1
I switched to an iphone5S a month ago when I upgraded. This is my first iphone ever. Got it mainly for fingerprint login and smaller size. Android small phones are always cheaply made.

Yes I do notice the problems with IOS7. It does crash here and there. However, let's be fair here. My Android phones(i owned 8 of them) have all been much worse. Yes I updated everything and check every day. It just have a higher crash rate than iOS, much higher. Android apps seems to get less love from the app devs as well. I've been on Android since the original Motorola Droid I paid $699 for on launch day, I can only say Android has come a long way but fragmentation is still a huge issue.

My ipad2 have serviced me well for years. I was surprised that it was allowed ios7 updates as opposed to my Android tablets. Android stock browser is horrible compared to Safari. I use chrome anyways.

Seriously, Apple products doesn't "just work". A more accurate saying would be "it just work a little better and you pay for it"

I am surprised at the fanboy comments. Who cares about the brands. Buy what fits you the most.

BTW, I also have an Ipad Air that i received for Xmas. I rarely encounter crashes. Even my ipad2 rarely crash. The Asus Transformer I use crashes a lot more often on just about anything and memory management is poor compared to ipads. But seriously, you paid for it with the $200 difference.

RE: Ah haa haa!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/24/2014 12:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
My Android phones(i owned 8 of them) have all been much worse. Yes I updated everything and check every day. It just have a higher crash rate than iOS, much higher.
Then you obviously were doing something wrong... and no, it really doesn't have a higher crash rate. If all 8 of your phones crashed, sounds like a USER problem. And as much of an idiot as you sound like, I don't doubt it's a user problem.

RE: Ah haa haa!
By StevoLincolnite on 1/24/2014 6:16:05 PM , Rating: 2
My Windows Phone has never crashed on me yet :/ *Touch Wood*

RE: Ah haa haa!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/24/2014 7:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
Windows crashes a lot! It has viruses! It's not as polished! The programs are better!

*fast forward a few years*

Android crashes a lot! It has malware! It's not as polished! The apps are better!

You Apple tards sure know how to beat home the same BS talking points, I'll give you that.

RE: Ah haa haa!
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/2014 2:18:40 AM , Rating: 1
When iOS crashes it is headline news.

When Android crashes it is Tuesday, Wedneaday, Thursday...

RE: Ah haa haa!
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/2014 2:19:02 AM , Rating: 1
When iOS crashes it is headline news.

When Android crashes it is Tuesday, Wednes
day, Thursday...

RE: Ah haa haa!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/27/2014 10:20:43 AM , Rating: 2
When Android crashes it is Tuesday, Wednes day, Thursday...
Complete horseshit...

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