As much as I enjoy the iPhone 2.0 software, I’ve been shocked at how often it crashes, freezes and hangs. This simply wasn’t the case with 1.0.
When I first updated my original iPhone to 2.0, I chalked these problems up to the fact that I’d tweaked that iPhone in innumerable ways and probably needed to wipe it clean and start fresh.
But, having just started using a fresh out of the box 3G model, I’m seeing the same thing. Here’s the four crashes, freezes and hangs that I’ve seen most often and how I’m dealing with each-
Many times an application will just bomb out and drop you to the home screen. This is likely due to bugs in the application. Most of the time the application can just be restarted and you can go about your business (or gaming).
Application fails to launch-
This one is a bit more frustrating and seems to be triggered more often with larger or more complex applications.
I had to smile when I bought a the $10 de Blob application and it wouldn’t start. When this happened a second time after I’d just finished installing Pinball RC, I though to myself: “What are less technically minded people doing? Throwing their iPhones out the window?”
The not-so-obvious solution is to reboot the phone. To reboot, hold down the Power button until the “slide to power off” option appears. If that doesn’t work, continue to hold the Power button with the Home button and it will trigger a forced reboot.
Phone OS crash and reboot-
This one is really fun and I trigger it at least twice a day when I launch Twinkle (my favorite Twitter client). Yes, you heard that right- tap and app icon and the whole iPhone OS crashes and reboots. Usually, the reboot clears up the trouble except for when this turns into the…
Apple logo and spinning wheel of death loop-
This misfortune has struck me twice so far. The first time, I had to restore the iPhone in iTunes to fix it (essentially reloading the OS). The second time, I was able to power off the phone and plug it into iTunes. Instead of the full restore, a backup began and soon I could hear the “bing” of the mail coming into the phone. I let the backup complete and the phone worked normally.
2.1 can’t come soon enough, but in the meantime Apple isn’t fooling anyone with the unobtrusive crash to the homescreen with no alert message.