Even Apple is not immune to technology imperfection as ‘Blue Screen of Death’ reports start rolling, after more than stellar iPhone 5S sales.
It was no surprise to anyone that the iPhone 5S and 5C sales numbers were going to be outrageously high. Well, not to me anyway. It’s also not surprising (to me) that the adoption of Apple’s brand-spanking new iOS 7 mobile operating system would go viral.
With all the excitement that Apple conjures up around a new product release or software update, it’s hard to not be an early adopter. With that subconscious pressure to be “first” to get your hands on a new Apple device, comes the risk of being subjected to new glitches and bugs that comes standard with any new piece of hardware or software.
Case in point – Reports of irregular app crashes and phone resets that resemble the infamous ‘Blue screen of death’ that plagued PC’s running Windows machines are starting to roll in from new iPhone users.
According to reasearch firm Crittercism, iPhone 5S users have been reporting a high number of app crashes as a result of the brand-new 64-bit processor that has the same processing power of most low-end desktop computers and laptops. The issue: Just about all of the third-party apps not built by Apple were developed based on the older 32-bit processor.
Now, Apple claimed that there would be backwards compatibility, meaning the 64-bit processor in the iPhone 5S would run apps built specifically for a 32-bit processor. For the most part, that is true. But, as you should of expected, there would be some speedbumps as backwards compatibility in … anything… has never proven to be seamless. So expect some apps to act “weird” until developers catch up and create/upgrade apps for the new processor.
Blue Screen of Death
A common problem with older Windows PC’s was dubbed the ‘Blue Screen of Death’, when a computer would freeze up, and briefly display a blue screen with error codes and other goobley-gook that you couldn’t understand, right before the computer would try and reboot.
In a twist of irony, it looks as if iPhone 5S users are reporting a similar issue where multitasking between Apple’s own iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote… Apple’s version of Word, Excel & PowerPoint) would force the iPhone 5S to flash a blue screen, before abruptly shutting trying to restart. Other users have reported random reboots during normal operation in other areas as well.
Apple’s claim to fame is that “it just works.” These and other issues that joined the release of iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5S, prove that not even Apple is immune to technology imperfection.