Latest Apple iPhone 5 glitch could be a more serious problem

Latest Apple iPhone 5 glitch could be a more serious problem
The Apple iPhone 5 has had its share of problems from dings out of the box, to static lines on the QWERTY keyboard, and to purple tinted pictures. The latest glitch could be more serious. Some game developers are finding that the latest version of Apple's iconic smartphone is having problems with rapid diagonal swiping. Will RDS join Antennagate and the 'left handed death grip' in the annals of Apple iPhone history? What makes this as serious as those other problems is that the attempt to swipe in a diagonal direction rapidly leads to the screen's inability to detect any touch input, ineffect freezing the screen.

The glitch, which also appears on the 5th-gen Apple iPod touch, does not appear on the Apple iPhone 4S. Any detective or scientist (or House MD fan) would know that the way to find out where the problem lies is to look at what is different with the screen between the Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPhone 5. Besides size, the latter model uses the in-cell technology which removes a layer of glass to make the display thinner. This combination of the digitizer and touch panel is the first time the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch have shared the exact same screen which points the finger at the new technology as being the culprit. As serious as this problem is, the freezing of the screen and the skipping will not hurt most users of the phone and will be more of a pain to game players who do diagonal swiping in a rapid-fire fashion. One game where that movement is used is Fruit Ninja.

At the beginning of this month, Apple sent out iOS 6.0.1 to kill some of the bugs, like the QWERTY static lines, that had afflicted users. If this is a software related issue, it could be resolved with the next iOS update. If it is a hardware problem, no amount of rubber bumpers is going to fix it.

source: TheNextWeb via CNET

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1. Chuck.Norris unregistered

you are rubbing the phone the wrong way :-)

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I seriously doubt there's a major problem here.

8. MeoCao unregistered

The problem is: where is the "just works" feature that Apple always brags?

82. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

apple said it wrong... Its not 200 new features...Its 200 new problems....more will come soon...

10. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

It's not a bug but rather an implementation of a new innovative function (not patented yet) to protect users from wasting their time on playing games ;P Or maybe a Über Hard Mode for more advanced users :)

32. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

What's gonna b the next prob, Apple? The next 100 freakin iPhones burst into flames!?!?!?!

72. metalpoet unregistered

I hope the next 1000 iPhones burts into flames lol

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yup it's not there on goophone 5 :)

16. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

They aren't saying it is a definite problem; they're saying it could be a problem. It depends on the user. If it is someone who swipes on the screen constantly, like for a game or other touch-based app, then it may be a big problem. They even mention that not everyone will suffer from this glitch. Of course, knowing you, you see any article that talks about a negative aspect of the iPhone as a threat to Apple's good if they actually had one.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea, no problems unless you play games. Now I wait for you to say its not for gaming anyway....cmon, you know you wanna say it..... But, if it is software related, no problems. Just wait for an update. MeoCao hit the elephant on the head tho.....the "just works" mantra shoulda died looong ago.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

As always in deny...

31. nwright94 unregistered

I cannot recreate this glitch with mine

36. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

not a major problem why d hell u guys always support iphone r dey giving u money or wat .....y cant u praize other gd phones out der...?

73. metalpoet unregistered

to 007akshay.....WHAT? lol

84. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

He was mid seizure.. its ok im sure he will be fine.

85. metalpoet unregistered

to Jobes okay just making sure i wasnt the only one that though his hands were having spasms! lol for a moment there i thought he was using ebonics or freestyling!

87. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

My sister used to text the same way.. drives me effin crazy. Then I told her to say it outloud and she realized how stupid it was and went back to normal. Kids these days they wont even know how to use a pencil or speak.

89. metalpoet unregistered

Yes i become quite frightened when all people want to do is text and when they do, i cant understand a thing they attempted to say haha!

54. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

This just keeps gettin better and better for Apple! Ok apple u released recently an update to iOS 6 i think its time to release iOS 6.0.2 ....(sigh) already! That IS major problem for aphone that costs $800 off conntract and in my country costs $1600 dollars off contract! If I pay top dollar I want functionality without any excuses!

66. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

You're swiping it wrong. It's normal. -Tim Cook

97. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Problem is with the Apple brainwashed devotees! The glitch exists in their mind.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There is a bunch of different screen problems like a flickering, bad screen sensitivity, even yellow marks on the screen or flashing. There is bunch of complaints about antenna problems. There is complaints about Ambient Light Sensor problems. There is complaints about various sound problems. There is complaints about purple tints in pictures (a.k.a. "Purpel Halo"). There is complaints about iPhone 5 scratches out of the box. There is complaints about WiFi problems. There is complaints about keyboard problems. There is even a problem called "Light Leak". And now this glitch... And it is high Apple standards ???

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Reading this....the iPhone does "just works" It "just works" like every other phone. Its not some magical phone that's immune to issues....its just like every other phone.

76. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Why then the price is so high? Its not magical phone, very true, now please bring this information to the rest blind apple supporters.

77. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well this shouldn't happen on a phone with "The Most Advanced Operating System In The World."

42. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nah. It is a parental control.... Can't be having those kiddies playing games with their iP5s!

88. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

You know! "It is a parental control" for old people do not play game anyway, why bother?

55. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

If you threw the phone in the garbage it would work better.

68. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

If you really research it the iPhone 5 is basically made of cheap parts period.The 4s IS BETTER than the 5. On that note,Judge Lucy Koh has decided to hear Samsung's side after questioning the integrity(because he has none)of the jury foreman for witheld info on how he use to work for Seagate,a partner with Samsung . Hey did you get the Note II yet bruh?

57. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The only users that would rub their phone in such a way, are the people who play games like The Master of Baiters...

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