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.