Apple Says Fix Coming for iOS 7 Home Screen Crashes – It’s About Time

Springboard Crash

If you’ve been using iOS 7 for any length of time, then you’re likely aware that it’s prone to pretty frequent crashes at random times. This has been the case ever since the late developer betas and certainly since iOS 7 was released to the public.

I think it’s the most buggy release of iOS since iOS 2.0 – and I’ve definitely see plenty of the Springboard reset type soft reboots on my Retina iPad mini on a regular basis.

The good news is it looks like there may be an update on the way to at least partly address the issue, according to Mashable.

“We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Mashable.

9to5Mac also reports that feedback from people using the latest iOS 7.1 beta indicates that it is ‘more stable and less prone to crashes’.

Lets hope we see a stability boosting iOS 7 update very soon.

Share this:

Crazy App Store Numbers: $10 Billion Revenue in 2013

App Store

Apple announced some huge numbers yesterday for the App Store. Crazy big numbers in fact:

– Customers spent over $10 billion in the App Store in 2013

– Over $1 billion was spent last December alone

– Almost 3 billion apps were downloaded in December, which was the most successful month in App Store history.

Jon Gruber adds some useful perspective on how striking this is:

Interesting comparison to today’s App Store announcement. Apple’s retail stores, which the company started in 2001 and which sell hardware costing thousands of dollars a pop, generate $20 billion in annual revenue. The App Store, which started in 2008 and predominantly sells apps costing a few bucks a pop, is already at $10 billion in annual revenue.

These are incredible numbers and it’s still a little amazing to see the momentum and impact of mobile apps. I know I’ve done my share to contribute to those crazy figures – to the tune of hundreds and hundreds of iOS apps purchased.

Share this:

iPad Air: Quick First Impressions

iPad Air

I’ve spent 6 days with the iPad Air now, after braving the non-line and getting home with one by around 8:30 AM on launch day. I already have some strong feelings about the iPad Air and some quick first impressions to share.

And here they are, in no particular order:

Living Up to the New Name

The iPad Air does a great job of living up to the ‘Air’ portion of its name. Just as advertised, it’s far lighter and slimmer than the previous iPads. Even knowing how much lighter and slimmer it was going to be following Apple’s unveiling event, it’s still surprising how well they managed this transformation. It really feels like a whole different class of iPad, and I love the slimmer bezels.

Space Gray

I like the Space Gray back of the iPad Air – I think it’s as handsome as the Slate back on the iPad mini.

[click to continue reading…]

Share this:

The One (very) Disappointing Part of the iPad Air Spec: RAM

iPad Air Chips

I posted about the highlights of the full tech specs for the iPad Air a couple of days back. There are some very impressive specs – none more so than the powerful new 64-bit A7 chip. I also mentioned at that time that the one important spec detail we didn’t yet know, and that Apple is never very forthcoming on, was RAM.

Now thanks to the lovely and talented folks at iFixit, we have a complete teardown – or thorough dissection – of the iPad air. And it reveals the, very disappointing, amount of RAM for the iPad Air: just 1GB.

- 1GB of Elpida DDR3 SDRAM is found within the device but is now housed on one chip, compared to the two Elpida chips that housed the RAM on the fourth-generation iPad.

I just don’t see how 1GB of RAM for the iPad Air can be viewed as anything other than very unimpressive – especially now with iOS 7 offering real multitasking and a 64-bit chip which should bring more and more powerful apps to the iPad.

This could be the one spec that drags down performance on the iPad Air, and presumably on the Retina iPad mini too – since it’s just about a certainty that the smaller iPad won’t have more RAM than its bigger sibling.

Heck, there are numerous smartphones these days that have 2GB of RAM, and phablet devices that have 3GB. I’ve always been one to say that it is never all about specs when it comes to iDevices, but this is one occasion where a spec seems like it may leave the new generation of iPads noticeably underpowered.

What do you all think? Will other specs make up for the low amount of RAM on the new iPads?

Share this:

iPad Air: Tech Specs Highlights

iPad Air

In less than 24 hours sales of the new iPad Air will kick off. It’s a significantly lighter and slimmer version of the iPad – nearly 1/3 lighter than the previous generation with reduced bezels and a distinct ‘minified’ feel to it.

Here are some of the highlights of the iPad Air’s technical specs:

Finish: As you can see above you can choose from Space Gray or Silver.

Connectivity: There are WiFi only and WiFi + Cellular models. The +Cellular models are $130 more than the WiFi only models. With the cellular models there is support for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Storage Capacity: There are 16, 32, 64, and 128GB models – starting at $499 for the WiFi only 16GB and going up to $929 for the 128GB WiFi + Cellular model.

Chip: The iPad Air has Apple’s impressive new A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and a dedicated M7 motion co-processor

Display: a 9.7 inch Retina display with resolution of 2048X1536

[click to continue reading…]

Share this:

First iPad Air TV Ad: Walter White Style

Apple’s first TV ad for the iPad Air is a good one. For most of the one minute ad the focus is on a pencil, and some similarities between the iPad and a pencil are made clear in the ad’s opening line: It’s an extremely simple tool; but also extremely powerful. The voiceover ends powerfully [...]

Read the full article →

Where to Follow Today’s iPad Event Live

Apple’s big iPad event is set to kick off in around 30 minutes. If you’re wanting to follow the announcements of new iPads and whatever other goodies Apple has in store, here are some good options for live coverage: Apple’s Own Live Stream: available in a web browser or on Apple TV The Verge Live [...]

Read the full article →