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Apple Acknowledges iOS 7 Homescreen Issue, Promises Fix

by Brandon Russell | January 22, 2014January 22, 2014 4:30 pm PST

Apple iPhone 5s-Home Screen

Apple’s iOS 7 successfully broke away from its skeuomorphic past by introducing a big redesign and some great new functionality. It made the platform feel new and fresh. But like every reworked piece of software, it fell victim to numerous bugs, including one that users say frequently crashes the home screen. After months of complaints—iOS 7 officially launched in Sept. 2013—Apple has acknowledged that a problem does indeed exist, and a fix is incoming.

“We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash,” the company said.

What’s unclear from Apple’s statement is when that software update will hit, and whether the company meant iOS 7.1 or something before that. Just this week Apple began seeding iOS 7.1 beta 4 to developers, so it would seem the arrival of a final version is not far away. But Apple could simply push out something smaller than that—maybe up to iOS 7.0.5—in the interim to fix the homescreen issue. If you’ve been experiencing issues, a fix is on the way.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...