Mobile applications crash twice as often on the iPhone 5S that on its predecessor iPhone 5 or on iPhone 5C, according to tests conducted by Crittercism, a mobile application performance management company.
But even with these numbers, frequency of applications’ crashes is still relatively low across all versions of the iPhone 5.
The just released iPhone 5S has a crash rate of about 2%, compared to the original 5 and 5C’s rates of just around 1%, Kalyan Ramanathan, Crittercism’s chief marketing officer, told Mashable.
As the specialist reveals, in some cases crashes are just annoying, but crashdown of some apps can even harm business. For example, “a customer trying to purchase something through an app may give up and not buy the product if it crashes”, Ramanathan explained.
The new version of the popular smartphone might be facing much more crashes than the 5C because of its new hardware, which wasn’t available to developers before its launch, Ramanathan suggested.
The iPhone 5S features a dual-core, 64-bit A7 chip that’s nearly twice as fast as the A6 CPU, the chip that both the 5 and 5C have.
The expert went on, adding that he expects the crash rate on the 5S to improve as developers have time to test their apps on the new hardware.
“When you change a lot of hardware, you’re going to have cases where issues crop up,” Ramanathan said. “Give it a few months. You’ll see the crash rate render down to the norm.”
The news comes a few days after reports of the next version surfaced, claiming that iPhone 6 is predicted to feature a bigger 4.8-inch display.
“The iPhone 6 will likely have a new design and a 4.8″ display,” Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies LLC, wrote in the note.
“Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen,” Misek explained in the note.
”We est ~50% of smartphone shipments have >4″ screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyze a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation.”
An iPhone with a 4.8-inch display will be immediately compared to the Moto X and HTC One (both feature 4.7-inch screens), although it would still have a smaller screen than the Samsung Galaxy S4, which boasts a 5-inch display.
Analysts suggest that producing iPhones with a larger display does make sense for Apple. Thus, the market research firm IDC, claims that about 40 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide in the first half of this year had screens larger than 4 inches, up from about 24 percent of smartphones last year.
“When it comes right down to it, there’s certainly demand, and Apple just leaves that market to its competition,” Ramon Llamas, research manager for mobile phones at IDC, recently told reporters.
However, do not hurry to celebrate the news: Jefferies estimates the iPhone 6 won’t come out until September 2014.