If you’re a proud iPhone 5s owner, I’m sure you’ll agree that the experience of using iOS 7 on a daily basis is less stellar than what we’ve normally come to expect from our favorite fruity company. If anything, iOS 7.0.x has taught iPhone owners, especially iPhone 5s ones, to get used to random crashes at least a couple times a day.
It’s not just that Safari crashed a lot on me, I crashed while listening to music, reading books and taking pictures – I even crashed on the iOS app switcher. It was almost as if my iPhone 5s would restart if I looked at it the wrong way.
I’m pleased to report that iOS 7 crashes far less on my iPhone 5s versus any prior iOS 7.0.x version, including the recently released iOS 7.0.6. Of course, your mileage may vary and with less than a day’s worth of running newly-released iOS 7.1 not everyone’s had a chance to experience just how stabler and snappier the new version is.
Having said that, I’d like you to vote in this non-scientific poll about iOS 7.1 stability and learn about your experience thus far. Go ahead, cast a vote and join the civil discussion down in the comments….
I understand we may get skewed results as most jailbreakers were wise to stay away from iOS 7.1 because it kills the jailbreak. That’s why this is a non-scientific poll, provided for entertainment purposes only.
Now cast your vote below, should be fun.
Another thing to consider: most of the crashing in iOS 7 stems from memory problems on 64-bit A7 devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
When the operating system is executing on a 64-bit A7 device, iOS includes separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the system frameworks.
As per Apple:
When all apps running on the device are compiled for the 64-bit runtime, iOS never loads the 32-bit versions of those libraries, which means that the system uses less memory and launches apps more quickly.
The problem is, not all of existing third-party apps have been compiled for 64 bits.
In fact, if only one app on your device is 32-bit and it becomes active, iOS must load 32-bit libraries and allocate more memory for those resources.
In turn, RAM gets strained. Coupled with the fact that Apple left the A7 chip stuck with 1GB of RAM, same as the A6 before it, it’s no surprise that iOS 7 was not the stablest iOS release in Apple’s history.
According to the company, the transition to 64-bit code must be managed carefully or lest the increased memory consumption could be be “detrimental” to system performance, which is what we’re seeing.
Small wonder that Apple is promoting this bug fix iOS update on its homepage.
From the security standpoint, iOS 7.1 fixed 41 vulnerabilities, many of which were discovered and filed by prominent members of the jailbreak community, including the evad3rs team that brought you the evasi0n jailbreak.
So, how satisfied are you thus far with iOS 7.1 in terms of stability?
Has the new firmware kissed those springboard crashes goodbye for you?
Precisely what instances of random crashes have been fixed, do you think?