Apps on iPhone 5S more crash-prone than other models

Apps crash twice as often on the iPhone 5S, compared with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, according to data from a mobile app analytics company.

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The mixture of new software and hardware improvements is enough to make apps running on the iPhone 5S more crash-prone than those on other iPhone models.

Apps running on the iPhone 5S crash twice as often as those available on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C, data from mobile app analytics company Crittercism shows. The information, which was presented to All Things Digital and published on Friday, comes from analyzing "hundreds of millions of apps," according to the tech site.

The reason for the increased crash instances might actually be a hardware problem. Although app developers were able to fix iOS 7 bugs for months while the software was in testing, thus limiting crashes on the iPhone 5 and nearly identical iPhone 5C, they weren't made aware of the iPhone 5S' 64-bit architecture or its M7 coprocessor until the device was unveiled. Those app developers are now trying to catch up.

Still, Crittercism doesn't anticipate the higher crash rate to last forever. In an interview with All Things Digital, CEO Andrew Levy said that "inevitably, over time, those issues get resolved."

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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