'I Got Bugs'

MG Siegler is frustrated by the many bugs in iOS 7:

At least two times a day now, my devices running iOS 7 will simply cease to function and restart themselves. This isn’t a full restart, but rather a relatively quick one. And yet it’s no less annoying. I’ll be grabbing my iPhone to take a picture and crash. I’ll be in the middle of an email on my iPad and crash.

It seems like the launcher is crashing and the speculation is that this is a memory bug. It doesn’t really matter. It’s completely unacceptable for a piece of software that tens, if not hundreds, of millions of devices are now running. And I know this isn’t some isolated incident because it happens every single day on three different iOS devices I use regularly (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini). And well, the internet exists for complaining.

And it’s hardly the only bug, just the most common one. A number of times a week my phone will become completely unresponsive to any sort of touch input. A hard restart is required to fix it. Switching between apps also seems to crash the system numerous times a week (in particular on the iPad mini). I could go on.

I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing these crashes on my iOS devices as well. Just yesterday, my iPhone 5S and iPad Air, both running the latest version of iOS (7.0.4), crashed twice on both phone and tablet. One of those times occurred when I simply woke up my phone from sleep — and it wasn’t the first time it’s happened either. Not good, Apple.

I wouldn’t go so far to say that iOS is “unusable”, but I will concede that iOS 7 feels far less stable than iOS 6 was. Let’s hope 7.1 squashes these bugs.