iPad iPad Air closing apps

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bhigh8, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. bhigh8 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    Why would my iPad Air constantly close apps out of no where. Google, pintrest, zappos. Tons of apps and they will just close and send me back to the home screen. When I click on the app again it starts the app over again.

    Any idea why it does this. It's maddening?
  2. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    so , no one else has had this issue? I dont have an apple store close by, so will calling phone support really help me?
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    You could try a restore.

    Occasionally apps do this on my iPad Air too.

    I usually just double tap the home button and close down the offending app and or the rest of them to free up RAM
  4. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    Okay. I don't notice it in safari at all just apps. Is there something wrong with my ipad that I need try to fix. Seems like it happens way more than when I first got it.
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Hmmm, not sure if there is a fix you could do. Have you recently installed any new apps that could be eating up system resources? Just curious. You may want to get in the habit of "closing" apps that aren't being used by doing the four finger upwards swipe to show what apps are suspended and swiping up on unused ones to release them fully. Not sure if it will help but I do this regularly just being anal retentive. I don't have any such issues on my Air.
  6. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    i can try. i have had this since november and early on it would happen maybe once a month. now it happens a couple times a week. sometimes i wont even have any other apps in background.
  7. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Time to reinstall iOS, no?
  8. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    It is not "closing apps" that is what happens when an app crashes on iOS.
    The majority of the time the reason for these crashes is because the iPad has run out of memory (RAM) and iOS does not handle that gracefully by using a pagefile.

    This has been a problem since the iPad 3 but is worst on the Air.
    With the transition from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3, Apple only doubled the RAM to 1GB, despite the resolution being 4x larger.
    With the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit, which requires approximately 30% more memory per app, Apple stayed at 1GB rather than increasing the amount of RAM.

    Hopefully this is something that will be addressed in the next iPad (Air 2) but with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus staying at 1GB I am concerned.

    It's one of the things which is pushing me away from the iPad and towards Microsoft's Surface devices. (which have 8GB RAM and use a pagefile)
  9. Flip Vinyl macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2014
    I've read available storage is key to performance? Looking for validation here rather than offering an answer (since I gleaned this info from a self-purported "knowledgeable insider" and I'm also considering buying the next Air).

    I've read that on an iPad users should leave free approximately 3GB for iOS plus 20% of the total storage in the device (so 20% of 16GB or 32GB, 64GB, etc.). IOW a user with a 16GB device should always have ~6GB free; 32GB should have ~9.4GB free; 64GB should have ~15.8GB free. Has the OP tested this out to see if there's anything to it? Or has this already been dismissed as non-contributory?
  10. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    No, iOS does not use a pagefile, so available storage should not matter at all.

    If it did use a pagefile, it would stop these crashes from occurring, and would page to disk(flash) instead when it runs out of memory.
    But that would indeed require surrendering say 3GB of storage space to the OS.
  11. Flip Vinyl macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2014
    So, OP, try it anyways, what have you got to lose? Then report back, please.

    I can recall my own experience with a 3rd gen iPod Touch that was at near 100% capacity, and I had horrible/similar bad behavior to the point I had to go to the Genius Bar for a fix. The fix was to start all over from scratch! Some fix. Never knew the offending culprit, but I purposely did not come close to filling the thing up after that, nor did I install every app that had been there in the first place. So was it an ill-mannered app causing the problem or overuse of storage? I do not know.

    From my many years as a senior level network dweeb, sometimes the sensible and known is outgunned by the ill-conceived and undocumented.

    Or are these iPads doomed to poor design? 2GB, 3GB RAM needed for 64-bit? Hmmm? Poor "non-conforming" applications??

    It's something! There's always a root cause....

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