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iPhone 5S users report Microsoft’s infamous Blue Screen of Death errors

iPhone 5S users have started experiencing Microsoft’s infamous Blue Screen of Death errors on Apple’s new flagship smartphone.

Typically an error found on older Windows PCs, iPhone 5S users have to reboot their smartphones after seeing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

It seems iPhone 5S users are experiencing the BSOD issues when using the iWorks suite that comes pre-installed with the latest iPhone duo.

“How do I resolve the blue screen error while using iWork on my iPhone 5S? When I use pages, for example, my iPhone restarts after a blue screen?” complained one Apple Discussions commenter.

There seems to be some issue with the multitasking capabilities of the iPhone 5S when trying to run any iWorks application in the background.

We tested the issue by opening Pages from the home screen, using the app for a brief period and then returning to the home screen using the Touch ID equipped home button. We too experienced the BSOD every time we repeated this short sequence, which was very irritating.

As you can see in our video below, it doesn’t take much to trigger the BSOD on the iPhone 5S, but some users have come up with a workaround for the issue. You have to return to the documents menu before hitting that home button in order to avoid the BSOD.

You can also stop Pages, Numbers and Keynote from being synched via the iCloud’s documents and data service in order to prevent the BSOD.

However, this greatly reduces the functionality of the iWorks suite as the iCloud keeps all your documents synched across all your Apple OS X and iOS devices.

It is not known whether the BSOD in an unfortunate side effect of the latest iOS 7.0.2 version, or whether it is an issue affecting fresh iPhone 5S devices as well.

The issue doesn’t seem to be affecting any other devices running iOS 7.0.2 that we’ve seen, and we tested it on an iPhone 4S and iPad mini with the latest Apple mobile OS.

Let us know if you’ve seen any iWorks issues with iOS 7.

Next, read our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C comparison.

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