iPad Often Crashing During Short Final

Device: iPad
Operating system: iPadOS 16.3

I recently renewed my subscription for IF after a long time, and ever since, a lot of times when I’m landing after a nice flight, my game crashes on short final. Sometimes it has a few mini lag spikes right before it crashes, and sometimes the sound pops a bit. Over the years, I’ve heard all the reports about people’s games crashing after big updates or after long haul flights, but to my knowledge, IF had no recent big update in the last month or so, and this doesn’t happen to me just on long haul flights. It happened recently when I was just flying from BOS-LGA.

If possible, I’d like to know why this is happening and what I can do to further prevent it. Thank you.


Hello there!

Take a look at this:

The developers are investigating the issue!

Have a great rest of your day!
~ Ben

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Thank you so much! May not be the solution to the problem yet, but that definitely helps a lot :)

What are your graphics settings at? If they’re all “high” or “very high” I recommend turning down graphics settings and lowering the 3d object density (given that LGA you mentioned you were flying into is a 3d airport) that way your device doesn’t have as much to think about

And acknowledging the above reply, there has been a large increase in crashes on iOS devices which hopefully can be mostly if not fully fixed in the next update

Do you know which generation of ipad it is? The older the iPad the less system resources it has to run IF (Settings → general → about and find “device model”)

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I have the 5th generation.

So that is on the older side, with the A9 SoC from way back in mid/late 2015. That’s not to say you can’t use it, but I do recommend turning down your graphics, 3d object density and the airplane count (under “online” in IF’s settings) to either the mediums and/or lows and see how that goes

Source: I used the A9X powered iPad Pro until August, it has a similar SoC and graphics on mediums/lows worked for me

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Alright, thanks!

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@aviation.ny are you sure it’s not the Air 5 or Mini 5? The iPad 5th generation is 8 years old at this point.

Correction by @BennyBoy_Alpha: It’s a 5 year old device. My question still applies, though.

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Its 5 years old. It was released late 2017.

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I’ve had this happen a few times. So frustrating after a long flight. Not sure if this had anything to do with it, but I found that IF would crash when I was constantly touching the throttle with my left thumb, instead of adjusting it and pulling my thumb off. When I stopped doing that a few months back, I haven’t had it crash on final since.


If that’s the case for you, it could actually be the case for me, because whenever it happens, it’s always when I’m on short final and I’m flying manually. And when I fly manually, I always have my left thumb on the throttle.


I got a new test version for crash as i enrolled in for it before and my crash has been significantly reduced but may i know how much years old is your ipad rn

Yep, usually after i disconnect A/P

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I have ipad 8th generation ios update 16.2

Same problem sometime while landing my game was crash how I will fix it ?

I don’t exactly remember what year I got it but I think it’s 5-6 years old. It’s the 5th generation, so yeah.

Same. There’s so much going on when it happens that I honestly don’t know why it happens for me. It could be one of the reasons y’all listed, it could be all of them combined, who knows 🤷🏼‍♂️

My guess is it probably has something to do with this like @BennyBoy_Alpha mentioned: Regarding increased crash rate on iOS

If I’m being honest, I think it’s a mix of the Apple issue on Infinite Flight’s end, also just our iPad’s being on the slightly older side, and potentially graphics settings.

I always hand fly my final and sometimes it happens a few seconds after I calibrate the iPad. I also try to close my other apps before final (safari, charts, discord, spotify).

IF can’t handle my scatterbrain 😂

i have a similar case there, and the crashes have been far reduced so there’s hope all these issues popping up with IF on iOS devices will be fixed in 23.1

Ok so today I actually have a different story lmao. So I was on final approach into JFK after a nice 4 and a half hour from SEA. Approach was looking good, aside from the insane gusting crosswinds in NYC today. The app didn’t crash (thank god 💀) but instead, my aircraft decided to sink through the runway during touch down. I went around and attempted again, same thing happened, then I went around again and tried the other parallel runway, same thing happened.

I’m like laughing, crying, and dying inside whenever this happens lmfao

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