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iOS 7.1 update will fix random reboot 'screen of death' bug says Apple

iOS 7 boot screen
iOS 7 boot screen

Apple will release a fix for a known bug in its iOS 7 software that causes some devices to randomly reboot. There have been reports that some iPhones running iOS 7 suddenly enter the boot screen before returning to the home screen. Depending on the phone’s color variant, the issue is commonly known as the as the “black screen of death”, or the “white screen of death".

As Mashable reports (Jan. 23), Apple is aware of the software bug and revealed that it will be addressed in the form of a software update. An Apple rep confirms that the next iOS 7.1 update should fix the glitch. "We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash," Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said.

The software glitch dates back to September when users took to Apple forums and social media to voice their complaints. Apple recently released iOS 7.1 beta 4 to developers, but the final version next iOS 7 update was not specified. Aside from the bug fix, minor UI and design changes are also expected to arrive with the upcoming iOS 7.1 update.