iOS 7.1 May Be The Most Stable Version Of iOS Yet

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Do you have a lot of reliability issues with your iPhone or iPad? You might want to make haste to upgrade to iOS 7.1. According to a prominent app monitoring firm, iOS 7.1 is the least crash prone and most stable version of iOS yet.

According to data from app monitoring firm Crittercism, the iOS 7.1 update has a crash rate of only 1.6 percent. That’s pretty good compared to iOS 7.1, iOS 6.1 and iOS 6, which all had crash rates above 2 percent.

Even better, when averaged across the latest major release’s crash rate as a whole, iOS 7 has a total app crash rate of only 2.1 percent, which is significantly lower than iOS 6’s average.

Given what a massive overhaul iOS 7 was, it’s amazing that iOS 7 actually appears to be more reliable than previous versions of iOS. I guess having a detail oriented guy like Jony Ive in charge is paying dividends in unexpected ways.

  • Michael Edwards

    “to iOS 7.1, iOS 6.1 and iOS 6, which all had crash”

    *7.0, iOS 6.1….

  • IamJAd

    Bravo Sierra. While 7.1 makes me crash less than 7.0, I’ve never had a device crash more than my iPhone or iPad Air.

    In fact, I even crashed loading this page to add my comment.

  • segaprophet

    No jailbreak, no way.

  • dcj001

    “the iOS 7.1 update has a crash rate of only 1.6 percent. That’s pretty good compared to iOS 7.1″

    Do you know that you are comparing iOS 7.1 to iOS 7.1, John?

  • Megan

    Hear, hear! To Jony Ive.

  • Jeff

    I’ve not had a single problem with iOS 7.1. It sounds more like anti-apple propaganda and the “apple only sold 20 million iPhones it should have sold 30 million” crowd. Ridiculousness.

  • digitaldumdum

    “iOS 7.1 May BeThe Most Stable Version Of iOS Yet”

    It may be the most stable version of iOS 7, but iOS 6 beats it by a mile. “Six” is far better realized, better-looking and doesn’t suffer from all the eye-candy silliness Jony Ive included just because the A7 processor could handle it.

    Just one man’s opinion.

  • http://www.norcaldude.com/ norcaldude

    iOS 7 is a very good issue of iOS. However, there seems to be a very large portion of people being affected by incredibly poor battery life since updating to 7.1. While in Airplane Mode, and while only listening to music, my iPhone 5 lasted only two hours. After a full charge. And at this point I would like to point out I had just replaced my iPhone at the Genius Bar.
    I am not the only one experiencing this issue. Although individual use varies, everyone I know who has updated to 7.1 has experienced a noticeable reduction in battery life. Even the Geniuses at the Apple Store indicated there was an issue but there was nothing they could do about it.

    Hopefully Apple will release another update correcting this issue.

    • Skimo1

      On my year-old iPhone 5 on Verizon running iOS 7.1, I’m getting an average of about 20-24 hours of standby and 6+ hours of mixed usage (voice calls, web browsing, music, various other apps like Facebook) on a single full charge. Usage is primarily on WiFi over that timeframe, with LTE left on but rarely being used for data. Bluetooth off. Airdrop off. Most of the other basic battery-saving techniques followed, nothing too extreme but the usual limitation as to which apps can refresh in the background or access location services, disabled the parallax nonsense, screen brightness on auto. I know a number of people are reporting battery issues since the switch to iOS 7.1, but in my case it seems about the same as before. It’s probably just my own superstitious voodoo, but with iOS upgrades like this I always quit all background apps and restart the phone before the upgrade, and always do it through iTunes rather than over-the-air. Haven’t had any issues so far in the moves from 6 to 7 to 7.1 and all the minor upgrades in between. At the more extreme end of troubleshooting this, a number of people have reported fixing problems like yours through a full wipe, factory reset, and restore of their phones, along with a few other potential fixes.

      • http://www.norcaldude.com/ norcaldude

        Hey Skimo, actually, I’ve restored it twice without putting back an iCloud backup, and restored it once in DFU. (I used to work at apple as a genius), and the issue still persists. As i just had the entire phone replaced at the Genius Bar, its unlikely to be an issue with either the battery or the electronics. Even when not in airplane mode, my habits on using the iPhone revolve around deactivating cellular data for most of the day until at which time i absolutely need to get access to email or send iMessages. If I were the only one in my crowd experiencing this issue I would just think it was the hardware, but my friends (who have a mix of iPhone 4Ss, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5Ss) are all having the same issue. I’ve looked on the iPhone 5s and 5Ss for the model numbers (A1429, etc…) to see if there were noticeable differences in the way each production operated but so far the results are the same.

      • Skimo1

        It’s got to be something to do with the settings and type of usage with certain people, since this is not a problem for everyone across the board or for everyone with a particular model. At the moment I still have 46% of my battery charge left after almost 15 hours of standby and 5 hours of usage (much of it being phone calls). I know you mentioned that everyone you know has seen a reduction, but I’m not seeing that with my phone or most of my friends’ phones. On sites I’ve seen that were doing surveys on this, it seems that more people are saying their battery life with iOS 7.1 is the same or better than before, rather than reduced. In my case, I’d need to experiment and compile some data but my battery life seems to be slightly improved after the 7.1 upgrade. I could see one phone having an issue, but since you’ve swapped it for another one it’s a bit puzzling. I’m running iOS 7.1 on an iPhone 5 (16gb Black) on Verizon. I’d be curious to hear what people with the exact same phone model and carrier are seeing. Best of luck finding a solution.

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