iPhone 5s’ New Hardware Reportedly Causes Twice As Many App Crashes As iPhone 5c



Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip and iOS 7 has a few bugs that need to be ironed out, as according to a new study, apps crash twice as often on the flagship device than on the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5.

AllthingsD cites a report issued by Crittercism, which says that about 1% of programs crash on the lower-cost iPhone 5c and the previous-generation iPhone. However, the crash rate doubles when it comes to the iPhone 5s.

As Crittercism points out, the higher crash rate on the iPhone 5s could be due to the new hardware the 64-bit A7 chip and M7 co-processor. While developers had the chance to beta test their apps on iOS 7, the hardware wasn’t available back then. The iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 have nearly identical hardware, which explains their stability.

“Anytime there is new hardware or software release, we see issues,” Crittercism CEO Andrew Levy said in an interview. “Inevitably, over time, those issues get resolved.”

The report comes hot on the heels of previous user reports highlighting Windows-style “Blue screen of death” reboots experience on the iPhone 5s.

Both AllthingsD and Crittericism are confident that Apple is aware of this issue, and given the fast rollout of 7.0.2, which fixed a lock screen bug, we can probably expect a software update soon.


  • Vincent CAdieux

    My Iphone 5S 32GB space grey lastest 1 week and was completely dead.

    At first it was crashing a lot (with that blue screen of death) and then crashed without being able to restart it. I got it on launch day and thank got Apple had some replacement.

    My new replacement now works goot without any problem (no more crash) maybe the replacement have something inside that has been fixed ?

  • thebruce0

    My phone has crashed a number of time – not ‘blue screen’, but black with the Apple logo. A quick reboot, and generally everything is still working as left as it was when it rebooted (well, as long as the apps store their status). It’s more an annoyance in my case than a great concern. I haven’t lost anything important. Sort of like having to close and re-open an app, but on the OS level. =/

    Still, it would be nice to have these crashes fixed.

  • Chrome262

    Maybe so low level code, I think the issue is with the new 64 big integration with the os, I suspect that your newer phone has some tweaks to the code, but who knows.

  • websnap

    I’ve had mine since launch day and I have not seen the Blue screen. I’ve had a few crash on me but they have been old apps.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Both my 5 and my 5S have had a few random reboots since ios7. When trying to delete multiple songs in the music app it would consistently crash over and over after deleting 2-3 songs.