I think so. I couldn’t find an “enable/disable” toggle, but when I selected the talk balloons, I was asked if I wanted to connect to global chat. I did, and then fiddled with it for a bit. I guess I had it set so I would not receive chat messages.
Believe me, mine still crashes. But it used to be after EVERY match. Three matches between crashes means I have to reload the game only 1/3 of the time I am used to, and it loads slowwww. (Actually, the new patch seems to have sped up the loading time as well.)
Anyway, my ipad has shown its age more and more with each update, and this is the first update that has yielded any kind of performance improvement. I feel like I just got a free ipad 3.