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Apple To Issue Fix for Major iOS 7 Bug
By Amy Lee
January 23, 2014

Has the white screen of death finally been killed?

Apple will reportedly release a fix for the iOS 7 bug that has caused many users? devices to shut down rapidly with no warning.

According to Mashable, an upcoming software update will deliver a fix for the culprit.

"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.

Apple released iOS 7 back in September, together with the launch of its new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Since then, 79 percent of Apple devices have downloaded the newest operating system.

The bug in question, which some have called the ?white/black screen of death,? has been an issue for users since the iOS was first released. For users with white iPhones, the reboot appears as a white screen with a black logo, while users with black iPhones see a black screen with a white logo.

The glitch causes devices running iOS 7 (including iPads, iPhones) to shut down without notice, particularly when the phone?s battery has dipped below 30 percent.

iOS 7 has had other effects on battery drain speeds. Irate Apple users on the company?s support forums have complained of a multitude of battery issues, with close to 400 complaints on the thread, and some users claim that their batteries are draining nearly one percent every one to two minutes.

At the time of the iOS 7 release, a battery drain test conducted by Ars Technica revealed that while battery life for many devices was decreased by around 30 minutes, iPhone 5 devices running iOS 7 lost nearly three hours of battery lifetime compared to the same phone running iOS 6.

Unfortunately, as users cannot revert back to the previous OS before Apple issues its solution, they must take other measures to preserve their battery life. Some steps would include turning off location services, turning off background updates, turning off unused programs, lowering screen brightness, and in the case of very low battery, switching into Airplane Mode.

The last iOS 7 security update, iOS 7.0.4 was released on November 14, 2013. Apple is expected to release its iOS 7.1 refresh as soon as this March, which could also include cosmetic changes and other upgrades. Developers recently received the fourth beta release of the upcoming build.
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