We are not surprised hearing users report iOS 7.1 crashes the iPhone 5S, 4S, iPad, and other devices even when these reports come in their thousands. When you got problems with battery life draining or freezing, then it’s understandable if you want action and seeing hundreds or thousands of issues might make you feel like this should warrant a statement by Apple.
The fact is, this is a tiny number compared to the millions of people that installed the iOS 7.1 update right away within the last 4 days of that new software going live. We heard about battery life getting better for some people after they shared messages on Twitter, although these positive tweets were joined by other errors that some don’t expect when installing new updates.
Software vs. hardware issues – some iOS 7.1 problems will never be explained after many can be fixed with a simple clean install and then a restore, or at the very least you can narrow issues down if all works fine after a clean install then you have problems with iOS 7.1 after restoring a backup.
There is a possibility that a hardware fault occurred around the same time as updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7.1, although in our experience it is almost always a software issue that can be proven with a clean install.
Reports of issues increase after every update and this is especially the case on Apple’s own discussions forum. In the last few days these have ranged from APN issues, iPhone 5 apps not loading to the full screen, charging issues with the iPhone 5S after upgrading to iOS 7.1, a blank contacts list, and iMessage problems. This is a taste of hundreds of different problems being reported, but funny enough this is the norm after most updates.
iOS 7.1 crashes iPhone 5S – one report we have seen repeated a lot after the iOS 7.1 update is crashing of iPhones and even iPads. One Product Reviews reader stated, “I just updated to iOS 7.1 and now my iPhone 5S is glitchy, slow and crashes once in a while, I see a lot of other similar comments in Apple’s forums”.
We also can confirm that there’s a lot of reports in online forums and Apple’s own forum about the crashing with iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 5S along with 4S. “iOS 7.1 crashes my iPhone 5S and freezes it randomly”, said one commenter along with another in Apple’s forums stating “iOS 7.1 crashes my iPhone5S all the time”. We could list hundreds of comments, but they are all very similar and some people have even followed up explaining they fixed the crashing issues after a clean install.
We are yet to see anyone state that their issue was hardware related, although in most cases this would seem obvious if it happened right after the iOS 7.1 update.
Have you had any iOS 7.1 crashes on your iPhone 5S or other model? If not, was the install clean and simple or do you have some sort of problem?
Leave a comment below detailing any problems you have, but at the same time remember there’s millions of people updating to iOS 7.1 and while there will be bugs, the number of reports are normal for major software updates. Of course, this doesn’t make you feel better when you’re the one having issues.