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Update to iOS 7.1 will fix the bug that causes random home screen crashes on the Apple iPhone

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Update to iOS 7.1 will fix the bug that causes random home screen crashes on the Apple iPhone
Screen of Death

Screen of Death

Speak up, Apple iPhone users. We know that some of you are experiencing random home screen crashes. Some sort of bug is causing random reboots of the home screen. The color of the reboot screen depends on the color of your iPhone. An iPhone with a white face will produce the white screen of death, while a unit with a black screen will show the black screen of death.

Any iPhone running iOS 7 can suffer from the problem that leads to random reboots and the white/black screen of death. Some have noticed a tendency for this to occur once the battery life indicator falls to the 30% level, and lower. Others say that the rebooting can take place when certain apps are loaded. Either way, it is an annoyance and certainly takes away from the user's enjoyment of his iPhone.

The good news is that Apple has a fix that it will be sending out along with iOS 7.1. Right now, developers are testing out the fourth beta version of  iOS 7.1, so it shouldn't be terribly long before the final version of iOS 7.1 is finally released. Considering that a recent survey showed that 79% of iOS users visiting the App Store are using iOS 7, there is a large number of iPhone users that can potentially find themselves staring back at the black or white screen of death.

"We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash."-Apple

source: Mashable via MapleSyrup

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posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:01 8

1. apple4never (Posts: 966; Member since: 08 May 2013)


iOS 7 is terribly laggy i think they should just go back to iOS 6

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:45 5

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 12019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's not only a dumb thought, but one that should never ever happen. I'm shocked you even said that. That's a post I expect from trolls like papinyc, or gadget80

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:22 5

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3774; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You expect anything less from someone with a username like apple4never?

Just remind him how long it took Android to become "buttery smooth."

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:23 1

14. apple4never (Posts: 966; Member since: 08 May 2013)


it should be ios4never or something, i do like macs and iPads to an extent

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:30 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They seem to conveniently forget that Mxy. +1

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 01:47

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Kind of like some ifans neglecting these iOS issues when they are slamming android as buggy and laggy, no?

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 01:25

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


If and when apple catches up to the options of android, it'll bugger it like newer os releases have shown.
Crashing, force closing and it's not even at parity, good lord lol.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:18

24. apple4never (Posts: 966; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol im no android guy either wp for the win, android is my backup phones

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:22

13. apple4never (Posts: 966; Member since: 08 May 2013)


well ill clarify, i mean for iPhone 4 at least, my mom refuses to give hers up but it lags terribly it should stay at 6.1.4 or whatever its at right now like the tough 4g i have it and it still works great the 4s is ok and the 5 and 5s are fine. bad detail on my part +1

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 22:33

20. Isitforyou (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


"says the guy who's a troll and classes himself as techy"

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:10

9. Teja171 (unregistered)


Are you using iphone 4 ?

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:16

16. androtaku (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Do u still remember iOS 6.0 has some problem as well? and we end up with a rock solid iOS 6.1.4? we are at iOS 7 early iteration now,give your comment when its iOS 7.1 or 7.2

When apple release an updates,everyone get the fix immediately,from ipod to ipad,no need to beg the manufacturer

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 22:11

19. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


iOS 7 is great! My girlfriend used to complain about those frequent crashes on her iPhone 5S, but with the update, that will be a thing of the past!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:07

23. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Even iphone 4 runs buttery smooth with iOS 7.04, yes its laggy sometimes, but not as much as android did.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:51

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Buttery smooth? Hell no. I have a iPhone 4 in my house and that thing is unusable. There's a reason why it's sitting in a drawer without a SIM card.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:11

26. JunitoNH (Posts: 931; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You may experience lag if........you have iOS 7 installed in the iPhone 4 and/or 4S; my iPad Air and iPhone 5S have not such problems. However, if you want to talk about lag, ask me about my Moto X, SGx, and S4. Now that's, an entire different animal.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:18

2. quakan (Posts: 1200; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Glad I've had no issues. iOS 7 works great for me and I'm looking forward to what comes next.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:31 1

3. twagn (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


No black screen of death here.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:11

10. Teja171 (unregistered)


May be blue screen of death.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:34

4. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Never had even one random reboot or force close on iOS 7 for the iPhone 5. Fresh install of the OS is mandatory during any update IMO.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:44

5. frustyak (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


I've had about three or so in the past month. Enough to be noticeable, but not nearly enough to kill the experience and not nearly as many as others have had.
You can wish to go back to IOS 6 all you want, but it's not going to happen. Every major refresh of an OS will have some bugs in them. Some bugs are more out in front than others, but they'll get ironed out.
Everyone has their own opinions on the new IOS 7. Many didn't like the new look; personally, I find IOS 6 to look a bit dusty and dated. But I can understand how others like things the way they were.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:44 1

6. TechDork (Posts: 240; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I've never had that happened. I have noticed my phone to restart itself once or twice after I unlock it.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 19:52 2

8. frustyak (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


If you're seeing the Apple logo after you unlock it, then it's happening.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:13 1

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1847; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I think this just happened to my coworker... Phone was locked up, alarm never went off, and wound up costing our company an hour of overtime for being on time to relieve the prior shift.
Now some battery drain issues too are popping up.

Told her to get a mechanical alarm clock instead of relying on a phone.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:33

17. gnotch (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)


i rarely have issues with my iphone, all i really want is the tweet button back.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:54 1

18. MpowerSkills (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


I've had this glitch and several others.. On my iPad, I'll be typing an email and then it will just disappear and send me to the home screen. Or there is glitch when adding contacts while using a blutooth keyboard where if you tab from cell to cell it suddenly disappears and sends you to the home screen. Or the one that if the screen times out while your on your calendar and then you unlock the ipad it is back to home screen.

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