Why are some people convinced that their iPhones and iPads have become crash magnets? Ramanathan chalks it up to the vagaries of devices and the apps in place. Some people do experience high levels of crashes -- and some almost never experience the problem. But the data shows, on average, there is no iOS 7 crash crisis.
In fact, the data shows that iOS 6 is now more likely to suffer app crashes than iOS 7. In the last 30 days, iOS 6's crash rate has jumped to about 1.68 percent, up from the 1.15 percent measured in September. Ramanathan suspects the reason is that developers have slowed or stopped their iOS 6 app updates, so flaws that were usually fixed through periodic bug fixes now remain unfixed, creating a snowball effect. Crittercism has seen that pattern play out in other iOS version transitions -- the regular updates to apps helps keep crashes down, and when those updates slow, the crash rate rises.
Most iOS users are now running iOS 7; various surveys show that between 20 and 30 percent of users are running iOS 6 or an older version, a figure that Crittercism's database also demonstrates. Developers are focused on iOS 7, especially because Apple has mandated that as of February 1, all App Store submissions (including updates) be optimized for iOS 7 and compiled using the latest version of Xcode 5. There's even less attention being paid to fixing performance issues in iOS 6 apps that could lead to crashes, Ramathan says.
Although iOS 7 isn't crashing apps more than iOS 6, Apple fans can't rest completely easy. iOS apps do crash much more often than Android apps do, Ramathan notes, based on Crittercism's monitoring of both Android and iOS apps -- and superior Android stability been true for quite some time. It's not clear why, though the fact that Google's approval process for app updates is minimal, app flaws are likely fixed more quickly, so they have less time to result in crashes, he suspects.
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