7.0.2 Update (Oct 1, 2013): We continue to caution users on upgrading to
iOS 7.0.2. Without WingX Pro7 or any other EFB
software running we saw interesting UI artifacts including a case where
all the iOS 7 icons were simply missing (see image on right).
We sent a
screen shot and a short movie showing this iOS 7 bug to Apple.
WingX Pro7 runs just fine on iOS 7. While upgrading to iOS 7.0.2 should not cause any WingX
Pro7 problems, we urge caution and highly recommend backups such
as a second iPad or iPhone.
Post (September 22, 2013): Our
iOS 7 Update Recommendation and Our Reasons
Yesterday we send out an email recommending that users do not
upgrade to iOS 7.0. We received a lot of responses and wanted to
clear up a few things and explain why we are currently not
recommending that pilots upgrade to iOS 7.0. Some of the
email questions and comments we have received:
- Q: Your email is too late, I've
already upgraded to iOS 7.0. A: We
didn't want to base our recommendations on a Developer Beta
of iOS 7. So we, just like you, waited for the final
iOS 7.0 release. After just 2 or 3 days, we saw
problems with iOS 7 that concerned us and we immediately
sent out our email.
- Q: Fix your bugs. A:
We have had fewer than 5 pilots reporting problems - we have
had many many pilots reporting that WingX Pro7 is working
great after the iOS 7 upgrade. To put this into
perspective we have thousands and thousands of users running
WingX Pro7 on various models of iPad and iPhone. It
turns out that the 'bugs' that have been reported have been
found to be not attributable to WingX Pro7 on iOS 7. In
addition, we have been testing WingX Pro7 on iOS 7.0 for
hours and hours, running numerous tests and simulations, on
various iPads and iPhones, with and without split screen,
Synthetic Vision, GPWS, and so on, we have not seen one
single crash attributable to WingX Pro7 on iOS 7.0.
Our testing continues...
- FYI: iOS 7 apparently has a
here to see how others can get access to your photos and
other personal information.
OK, so what's our beef with iOS 7? Well, we're coming at
it from a position of reliability; i.e. a crash or hang is OK
while tweeting, but not while flying. All the comments
that follow are based on the final version of iOS 7 and not a
Beta release for Developers, and at no time were we running
WingX Pro7 or any other EFB app - we were just 'checking out'
iOS 7; i.e. sending messages, going to contacts, generic
- We had an iPad 3 completely hang to a point where just
the 'desktop' background was visible, no icons, nothing.
Even the hardware buttons were 'dead'. It was
locked up solid. We finally managed to reboot it.
Since it was 'locked up' , we cannot show you a
screen shot. Imagine if this happened during a 'busy
time' on a flight.
- Last night, we saw an iPhone running iOS 7 shutdown and
restart. Again, no screen shot possible for obvious
- We have seen the 'desktop' completely misbehave - we've
never seen anything like this on earlier versions of iOS.
The good news here is that we were able to take some
screen shots to show you - see below.
Screen Shots of 'desktop' corruption
Note that some icons have been blanked out for privacy purposes,
but the important thing to notice is that no apps where even
running at the time these screen shots were taken (other than
Safari and Settings - while writing this email we saw iOS 7's
Settings crash too), the icons are completely misaligned, some
are up against the right side of the screen and if I remember
correctly we could not 'scroll' to the adjacent page, and some
icons are 'cut off' at the bottom in the second image.
These are just some of the screen shots - we have screen shots
of other cases where icons where overlapped on top of each
We have seen other EFB app developers say that their app is
"iOS 7 ready" - well, so is WingX Pro7, but we are
more interested in the big picture and if the operating system
'has problems', it really doesn't matter if any particular app
is "iOS 7 ready" or not, we feel that we owe it to you
to let you know as soon as possible.
Our 'early alert' was just that. We sent the warning out
of an abundance of caution - please don't shoot the messenger.
In conclusion, because of issues we have seen with iOS 7
(reboots, lock up, and strange UI behavior) and unrelated to any
third party app (including WingX Pro7), we cannot recommend
upgrading your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7 (for now).
If you have already upgraded to iOS 7.0, just be aware that
there are some instability issues in the underlying iOS and be
sure to upgrade to the latest iOS as soon as Apple releases an
Thank your for your continued support of WingX Pro7.
Hilton Software LLC