iOS 6 Goes Crazy When You Install More Than 500 Apps At A Time, Fix Coming Soon


The latest iOS 6 beta which was seeded to the developers earlier this week, apparently doesn’t play nice once the total number of apps installed on a device at one time exceeds a certain number as reported by CNET. Luckily, that threshold is reasonably high, which is 500 and Apple is also preparing to release a quick-fix as reported by the source. The bug was originally noted on a blog by a developer called Mid Atlantic Consulting, according to which an iOS 6 device would face slow boots, auto-reboots and other problems once 500 apps or more are installed.

According to the news source:

As revealed in a blog by a developer called Mid Atlantic Consulting, iOS 6 users who install more than 500 apps on their device will start to run into slow boots, auto-reboots, and other problems. Install as many as 1,000 apps, and the device won’t boot at all.

How many people actually install more than 500 apps on their iPhone or iPad? That was apparently Apple’s reaction, since the company initially showed little concern about this limitation.

But Mid Atlantic Consulting argued that if the iPhone is expected to replace your phone, portable gaming console, TV remote, and countless other devices, then Apple needs to make sure iOS can handle an unlimited number of apps. The developer even cited a quote by the late Steve Jobs in which he said that the only limit was the number of folders and apps per folder.

So, how many of you actually keep more than 500 apps on your iPhone or iPad? My collective number of apps on iPhone and iPad wouldn’t even exceed 200!


  • Kirk

    500? Wow… My total so far on my iPhone is only 126 and I know I probably only use 3 quarters of that.

  • swotam

    Not even close to 500, when I reinstalled after updating to iOS[Redacted] beta 3 it was 121. That’s crazy!

  • I thought I had a lot (I’m a bit of an app packrat) and I’m only at 216.

  • Ruhndmc

    Totally agree with the statement that, if Apple is attempting to take over the world ( most likely have their own social network ) and install micro chips into people’s foreheads with a bar code starting with 666 on it, their iOS better be able to handle 500+apps on a single device.

    Also, when Siri starts to take over people’s homes, and rename herself to “the super computer formerly known as Siri” and goes by the new name SkyNet, we better have an app that controls our toaster oven!
    Just sayin!

  • Phil

    I’m at 444!!!
    Wow that is too much, I need to do so clean up

  • Adamo

    58 apps. I dont even use half either! But i cant seem to get rid of my useless paid apps