Blue Screen Of Death Plagues iOS 7 iWork Users

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Oh, ignoble irony, how bitter your sting. A new bug in iOS 7 that is striking some iWork users is crashing their devices with the fabled Blue Screen of Death.

As described by iPhone In Canada, here’s how to trigger the BSOD crash on your own device.

1. Open any iWork app

2. Within said app, open any existing document

3. Once doc is opened, tap Home button. iPhone INSTANTLY crashes. Blue screen, then automatic reboot.

Of course, this isn’t necessarily a new thing: we’ve seen BSODs and even RSODs on iDevices before. iOS 7 is brand spanking new, and there are bound to be bugs, so we’re not making too big of a deal of this. Apple will undoubtedly whisk out a timely fix in no time. We’re more just snickering about the irony: it is just a surreal thing to see an iPhone crash like a Windows computer.

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  • toddgarvin

    Not crashing on my iPhone 5. Pages performs perfectly.

  • Moebius

    No crash for me either. Is it April 1st?

  • ramsd3n

    Happens reliably on my 5s with Numbers.

  • joewaylo

    It looks to me like he overloaded the processor. Judging by the video:
    – Select a long paragraph
    – Copy
    – Paste to replace paragraph
    – As Pages is replacing word by word, hit home
    – Double Tap Home to pull up the active apps list
    – iPhone crashes and reboots.

  • CoyoteDen

    The sequence in the video is:

    - Select a paragraph
    - Hit “speak” (turn it on in Accessibility->speak selection)
    - Hit home, then double-tab to pull up the app switcher

  • Martin Zardecki

    Just got it trying to do an “Open In” from the new PDFPen Scan+ to PDF Expert :(

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