IPhone 5 Bug: Screen Stops Responding on Diagonal Swipes

Posted on Nov 14 2012 - 2:04pm by Abhi Bavishi

It has hardly been two months since Apple released its flagship device- iPhone 5, but it’s already finding itself in news for all the wrong reasons. First came the bubbling or ghosting effect on the display, next came issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, then came the disappointing Apple Maps fiasco, and now, a UK based game developer- CMA Megacorp has discovered another potential glitch- a touchscreen bug. The bug reportedly is the unresponsiveness of touch-screen to random diagonal swipes.

The developer tweeted about the problem, saying “iPhone 5 touch screen bug? Slide finger back and forth diagonally on screen, input events drop out or stop altogether.”

Soon after the problem was identified, Recombu put the bug to test. A video was released, which demonstrated the responsiveness of two iPhone 4S models (iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1) versus two iPhone 5 units (iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1). The video clearly shows how both iPhone 4S models handled the diagonal swipes pretty well, while both iPhone 5 units struggled to respond. One iPhone 5 completely failed the test, while the other one had slight problems responding to the gestures.

The iPhone 5 glitch is experienced across different iOS apps like Mail, Contacts, Tweetbot and Brushes. At this point, it’s unclear whether the glitch is software-related (another bug in iOS 6), or some fraudulent issue with the iPhone 5 hardware. However, it is unlikely that there’s some software issue in iOS 6, as iPhone 4S running iOS 6 handles the diagonal swipes pretty well, whereas iPhone 5 fails aberrantly.

Though this flaw does not hamper the day-to-day usage of most iPhone 5 users, the glitch can be ominous for enthusiastic gamers and developers. For example, issues with angled swipes can overtly dismantle the smooth working of games like Fruit Ninja, which are built on the swiping functionality.

Below is the video from Recombu, which clearly showcases the flaw. The gruesome disclosure raises some serious questions over the prowess of the most innovative company in the world. No one expects Apple to make perfect devices, but, Dear Apple, if you make just one smartphone a year, you better not make it this mediocre.

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Abhi is a tech-writer, a software engineer, a photographer, a traveler, and a coffee-lover. He’s passionate about everything that’s even remotely digital. He portrays his obsession with tech-toys in his reviews and articles. You can connect with him at [email protected] Don’t worry. We checked. He doesn’t bite.