iPhone 5s users reporting “Blue Screen of Death” error


iPhone 5s users are reporting that they’re getting the “Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)” error, a problem that ironically plagued older Windows PCs.

According to the discussion threads on Apple support forums, iPhone 5s users are reporting random reboots following a BSOD when they use Apple’s iWorks apps.

Apple support forums user gauravojha complaints:

How do I resolve the blue screen error while using iWork on my iPhone 5s? When I use Pages, for example, and press home button to switch app, my iPhone restarts after a blue screen. I even returned it & took a new one, but no luck. The bug is in iWork suite for iOS 7, I think, and not in the hardware. I’m a heavy Pages user and this bug is hindering my work (besides scaring me to death).

The bug was on all the versions of iOS 7.

Strangely, the issue seems to be affecting only iPhone 5s users. The Verge reports that one of the workarounds that seems to be working is to disable iCloud syncing (Settings > Numbers/Pages/Keynote, then tap on the “Use iCloud” toggle to disable it).

I was not able to replicate the issue on my iPhone 5s, but this YouTube user has managed to record the “Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)” error on his iPhone 5s:

Apple is widely expected to release iOS 7.0.3 for bug fixes, so we’re assuming that Apple will fix the bug in the update, as the BSOD error on an iPhone is quite embarrassing.

Have you got the BSOD error? Let me know in the comments.

[Via The Verge]

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  • 5c

    If this error appears on the iPhone 5c, and it isn’t color coordinated with the outer shell, then I call BS on Apple’s attention to detail

    • Idiot

      Are you trying to be cute or funny?

      Because You sound like an idiot!

      • Abel Goddard

        You need to get a sense of humor. That’s a brilliant joke.

    • Steve

      Yeah, he is an idiot.

    • BMWIIIMPower

      HA! You sir, won the internet today… lol. In all seriousness, something similar to this would make for a cool future jailbreak tweak – colorize your boot screen according to your 5C color. Example:

  • kirk305

    “Blue Screen of Death (BOSD)”
    Wouldn’t that be “BSOD”?

    • Gautam

      Thanks, fixed the typo.

  • Dan

    It’s happened to my iPhone 4s since I updated facebook. The problem might be widespread with different apps than you think.

  • iPhonist von Gates

    iOS is Unix based so its a Kernel Panic :-) Karma is a bitch because Apple claims for many years that Microsoft stole/copied their OS and named it Windows/MSDos or whatever. How ironic this happens to Apple’s flagship!

  • Patrick

    I have an iPod touch 5 and the TopCamera app. After taking a picture, opening the gallery, and selecting that picture if I zoom in I get the blue screen followed by a reboot. I don’t think this bug is exclusive to iphone 5s but an iOS 7 issue.

  • steve

    IOS7 is still in a Beta level. Stevejobs wouldn’t have released a uncooked software like this.

    • Nhân Phan

      Uncooked? Well, Tim Cook is sitting on the CEO chair. What do you think? lol

    • bcsc

      You’re right, Steve Jobs only releases uncooked hardware like the Antennagate iPhone 4. You guys have to let go of this ‘Steve would never’ god complex.

  • PebsUK

    No but random reboots couple of times a day!

  • j simp

    same thing was happening to my facebook app the day after i got my 5S but hasn’t happened since they updated it

  • ANgel

    I have iPhone since iOS 4 and I don’t remember any version as buggy as iOS 7. I think it was not ready for public release.

  • Youbet

    Happens only on iPhone 5S with Pages. Reported to Apple but no fix yet.

    • thesavvyeater

      Happened to me with Numbers. I don’t even have Pages installed on my iPhone. I think it’s the entire iWork suite

    • findgopal

      It happening on my Iphone 5 on opening of apps like whatsapp, fb. Worst part is I have to manually do a force shut down of the phone by pressing the Home and Lock button simultaneously as the Blue Screen does not disappear.

  • Mastermike

    I got this when I was just using it normally. I wasn’t using any of the iWorks apps. I was surrprised to see the blue screen.

  • Jabber

    I have an iphone5 and occasionally I get a red screen of death.

  • theSharperTool

    I don’t get why people are so surprised that software can make a screen display the color blue.

  • findgopal

    The error is appearing on My Iphone 5 after updating to iOS 7.1

    Worst part is I have to manually do a force shut down of the phone by pressing the Home and Lock button simultaneously as the Blue Screen does not disappear. I am so disappointed with Apple.