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iOS 7.1 Update Significantly Less Crash-Prone Than Previous Versions, Says App Monitoring Firm

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Mar, 18, 2014, 02:16 PM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) The iOS 7.1.1 update has fixed battery life concerns and improved Touch ID accuracy, though it also features an email encryption bug and pass code issue, according to reports.

Apple's latest mobile OS iteration, iOS 7.1, has arrived with improved performance, as apps are crashing at a significantly lower rate than previous versions, according to app monitoring firm Crittercism.

The 7.1 update, which released to the public last week, features a crash rate of 1.6 percent, which compares favorably to the iOS 7, iOS 6.1 and iOS 6 versions, which all had crash rates of above 2 percent, according to Crittercism. The improvement signifies a positive trend, as the total app crash rate for iOS 7 is 2.1 percent, which is lower than the iOS 6 and 6.1 downloads offer, despite a bug that causes some systems to reboot on iOS 7, Re/Code reports.

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iOS 7.1 adoption has been high, hitting 12 percent in under 48 hours, with that figure now at about 21 percent.

However, according to users, the new Apple mobile OS iteration has come with an unexpected drawback—reduced battery life.

The update's battery drain claims were put to the test by Ars Technica, who reported that battery was slightly lower on several devices, including the 5S and several iPad models, in comparison to its predecessor, iOS 7.0.6. However, battery loss comments from users have been more drastic, ZDNetreports.

According to Apple forums posts, one user experienced as much as 70 percent battery decreases during overnight charging and another reported significant battery loss after an hour of "intense" usage on the lowest level of brightness. Others suggest that they have lost about half of their battery life since making the switch to iOS 7.1.

With the update, Apple offers CarPlay and tweaks to the personal assistant, Siri, iTunes Radio and TouchID for iPhone 5S users.

iOS 7.1, which also packs some interface refinements and stability and accessibility improvements, will work better with the iPhone 4, which features a less advanced chip than the more recent Apple devices, as well. The download's release marks the first major update since iOS 7 was released six months ago alongside the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones. Users of any original iPad from 2010 and any iPhone older than the iPhone 4 will not be able to download iOS 7.1.

The public release follows five beta updates.

The iOS 7.1 update has been in beta testing since November, with the last beta version, Beta 5, released in early February.

Though the iOS 7.1 download is not much different from iOS 7, the CarPlay feature is a noteworthy addition. CarPlay allows users to sync up their iDevice with the dashboard of their vehicle.

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