'Blue screen of death' attacks some iPhone 5S owners

Users on Apple's support forums say their iPhone 5S units are turning a mean shade of blue and then rebooting.

The iPhone 5S turns blue.
The iPhone 5S turns blue. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The infamous "blue screen of death" seems to have expanded from Windows PCs to iPhones.

Several iPhone 5S owners report that their phones are turning a mean shade of blue and then restarting. Users chiming in on the Apple Support Communities and MacRumors forums said the problem occurs when they use the Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, which comes free with the new iPhones. But a couple of people report that it also happens when using the ESPN ScoreCenter app.

The bug apparently has been present since the phone launched. One of the forum messages is dated September 21, the day after the 5S went on sale. One possible remedy, at least for users running into BSODs with iWork, is to disable iCloud syncing for the iWork suite, according to The Verge.

CNET contacted Apple for comment and will update the story with any further details.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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