Originally Posted by DarkVader
More crashes is newsworthy, despite fanboi desires that the news be suppressed.
And Apple made a mistake here, there's NO good reason to put a 64-bit processor in a mobile device yet. Maybe in a few years when individual apps need more than 2GB RAM it'll make sense, but the iPhone 5s only has 1GB RAM, Apple rushed this to market, it gives the user NO advantages over a 32-bit chip, and the software wasn't ready for it yet.
Mix that with iOS 7 being a steaming pile of garbage, and you get a device that's selling well ONLY because it's a status symbol. Look, I've been an Apple guy since 1982, but if we don't call Apple on their mistakes, we're only going to get junk. And if Apple keeps pushing junk out for too long, Apple really will be dying. And NONE of us want that.
I have an iPhone 5, and it does not crash. So, all bugs are related to the new architecture. Delaying the transition to 64-bit CPU, however, would not magically make the issues disappear. When making big changes (such as an architecture) bugs always appear. Every developer can tell you that no testing in the world could guarantee there are no bugs, it only guarantees no bugs have been found.
Software does not magically become "ready for 64-bit". No software system is released without bugs and no system is really tested until it is in the wild.
64-bit processing is actually quite reasonable. Here's why:
1. Contrary to idiotic rumours spread around the internet, the architecture is quite impressive and brings massive gains to both software developers AND to the end user.
A7 is 2-core, 1.3GHz CPU, the same as A6. But it brings double the performance. It is the same as what a 4-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 achieves. But, with greatly reduced power requirements (same as iPhone 5).
The battery life is preserved, performance is doubled. How bad is that for consumers?
2. When 64-bit CPUs are really needed (4+GB RAM, etc.), Apple will already have completed the transition. In three years all of the supported iOS devices will be 64-bit, except for the iPhone 5c.
Once the transition is complete, the iOS/Mac OS X team will no longer have to support two hardware architectures. Even the CPU architects working on, say, A10 could make use of that by removing everything related to 32-bit processing, and optimising the processor for 64-bit processing only.
While I agree that iOS7 icons look a bit strange, I happen to like the multi-layer approach and the animations a lot. The "steaming pile of garbage" is pretty much your own opinion, which most people don't share.