iOS 7 problems: the bug reports mount

20 Sep 2013
iOS 7

We round up the growing list of reported problems with iOS 7

The list of problems with iOS 7 is mounting, with reports of multiple bugs in Apple's revamped mobile OS.

Perhaps the most serious is the passcode lock bug, which allows thieves to access the device without entering a security code. The bug is triggered by activating the new Control Centre, selecting the alarm clock and attempting to shut down the device, then cancelling the operation, which gives users access to the device's homescreen.

Apple has acknowledged the bug and says it's working on a fix.

Meanwhile, audio app developers have warned their users off upgrading to iOS 7 because of glitches with the new OS. The makers of Traktor DJ sent out an email to customers yesterday, stating: "iOS 7 is here, but it seems there are serious issues concerning audio. Traktor DJ, along with many other audio apps, is experiencing performance and stability issues on iOS 7."

PC Pro has uncovered audio glitches when switching between the Spotify and Podcast apps, as detailed in our blog on running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, two of the older devices to still be supported by the new OS.

Battery problems

Ars Technica's tests have shown iOS 7 depletes battery life more quickly on the iPhone 5, with minimal impact on all other iPhone and iPad devices. "Our Verizon iPhone 5 running iOS 7 burns through its battery more than three hours faster than the exact same phone performing the exact same test with the exact same settings under iOS 6," the review claims.

We've noticed no such problem with iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 in the PC Pro office.

Apple has already released iOS 7.0.1 for the iPhone 5c and 5s, which addresses bugs with those particular handsets. The patch fixes glitches with the new fingerprint recognition system on the 5s and with App Store purchases.

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