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iOS 7 Downloads Blamed In College WiFi Crashes

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College students are pretty sure their peers all downloading the new operating system for iPhones caused their campus WiFi to crash.

The Post, an Ohio University student newspaper, reported that the school asked students not to update their iPhones in a campuswide email.

"On the odd chance that this is related to the iOS 7 update release, please consider waiting to download your copy until the current issues are resolved," wrote Sean O'Malley, OU’s Information Technology communications manager.

Allen R. Taylor, the chief technology officer at Marshall University in W.V., told the Parthenon student newspaper that their Internet usage went through the roof after the iOS 7 release.

"The suspicion is that it is principally these downloads of iOS 7," Taylor said. "These kinds of things happen all the time when large releases occur, such as Windows or Mac OS."

Students were frustrated at Abilene Christian University in Texas, which school director of networking service Arthur Brant blamed on the iOS update.

Business Insider noticed a few students tweeting about it at schools like New York University and Western Connecticut State University:

Apple had problems too, as Apple Insider noted, the company sent out a "high priority alert" to employees warning about server issues preventing iPhone customers from updating to the new operating system.

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