WingX Warns Against iOS 7 Upgrade
Hilton Software, developers of the WingX Pro aviation app, is advising its subscribers not to upgrade their iPads and iPhones to the new iOS 7 operating system because the new operating system has stability issues. The company says it believes its app is fully compatible with iOS 7 but the operating system itself has a variety of issues, including lock ups, random reboots and strange behavior of the user interface. The issues have been reported on the final release of the system and not just the beta version. The company says it has had bug reports from just five of its thousands of customers but issued the warning out of an abundance of caution.
"We're coming at it from a position of reliability; i.e. a crash or a hang is OK while tweeting but not while flying," the company said in its email to customers. Those who reported the bugs with their devices said the hiccups ranged from complete lockups of the screen and buttons to uncommanded reboots to corrupted screens that didn't look or behave properly. WingX says it has been testing iOS 7 on a variety of devices and configurations and it's working fine so far. "We have not seen one single crash attributable to WingX Pro7 on iOS 7.0," the email said. Many pilots have also reported the app works fine with the new operating system but the possibility of problems prompted the warning. "Because of issues we have seen with iOS7 and unrelated to any third-party app, we cannot recommend upgrading your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7 (for now)," the email said. Those who have already upgraded to the new operating system are advised to upgrade as soon as a new version is available.