Saturday, October 12, 2013

Apps seen crashing at twice the rate on the iPhone 5s vs. the 5, 5c

You're not going crazy. If you think that apps on your iPhone 5s are crashing more often on your brand-new iPhone 5s than on your prior iPhone 5 (oh, admit it, you still upgraded), you'd be right. The information comes via AllThingsD in a Friday report.

As Apple recently upgraded its mobile platform from 6 to 7, we'd expect to see a temporary spike in crashes. However, for some reason, analysis of the crashes show that the iPhone 5s, Apple's current flagship phone, is crashing at double the rate of either its lower-cost sibling, the iPhone 5c or last year's model, the iPhone 5.

Crittercism did the analysis, examining hundreds of millions of app launches since the release of the new iPhone 5s and 5c. The company said that programs crash about two percent of the time on the iPhone 5s, more than double the rate of the 5c and 5s, which crash just under one percent of the time.

Crittercism CEO Andrew Levy said:
Anytime there is new hardware or software release, we see issues. Inevitably, over time, those issues get resolved.
There is an obvious set of reasons for the higher number of crashes on the 5s: While new hardware is offered annually, this time Apple upped the ante by putting a new 64-bit processor into its flagship, the A7. The device also sports an M7 coprocessor. For most third-party developers, the new device was simply unavailable.

Meanwhile, the 5 and 5c sport internal specifications, at least for major components such as the processor, that are virtually identical.

Levy added:
The good news is that Apple is certainly aware of issues. They’ve pushed out two iOS updates for iOS 7 ... Apple is doing a really good job of addressing these issues as they come up.
The first update, to 7.0.1, was delivered to buyers of the iPhone 5c and 5s right after they activated their new phones.

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