iPad Anyone else hesitating on iPad 5 due to Compass-gate?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jreuschl, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. jreuschl macrumors 6502

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    If you didn't know it seems the iPhone 5S has a problem with the compass being off. Anyone hesitating with the iPad 5? I would assume the iPad 5 would have the same processor including the new M7. Hopefully Apple will say it is a software issue and fix before then.
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    some people don't even use the compass so I doubt that would be a factor.
     
  3. jreuschl thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. chumawumba macrumors 6502

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    why is it that now any problem on iOS devices has the word -gate at the end of it? Antennagate, scuffgate, now Compssgate?
     
  5. rovex macrumors 65816

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    Wasn't there mapgate for ios6?
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Don't play any games that use the compass/gyroscope, don't really use compass (maps circling around just leaves me dizzy and doesn't help me get oriented), so no, not concerned.

    Even for those who use compass/gyroscope, I'm sure Apple is working on a fix, so I wouldn't feel overly concerned about it.
     
  7. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    OP has invented a fault on an unreleased product. Go team speculation.
     
  8. Teste macrumors 6502

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    I liked Gyrogate more.

    Someone on Kotaku said that Gyrogate means the 5S won't be able see how much Steve Jobs is spinning on his grave.
     
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    LOL. But remember, Steve didn't prevent Antennagate. In fact, he was the one who uttered the now famous "You're holding it wrong" line.
     
  10. Klae17 macrumors 6502a

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    Not a good enough reason to hold off a purchase.
     
  11. woodekm macrumors 65816

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    I forgot this thing even had a compass until you just mentioned it!
     
  12. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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  13. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Concern for me ? No. But if I wanted to later play games, or try to sell it to a private buyer, and no fix in sight, than yes, you betcha I would be very concerned. ;)
     
  14. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Can't you just manually calibrate it?

    Go the Compass app.
    Swipe left to see the Level screen.
    Place on level surface.
    Tap screen to manually calibrate.
     
  15. Tezcatlipoca macrumors regular

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    It isn't just used for iOS device issues. Sadly, the "gate suffix" gets stuck on all sorts of things to denote some sort of scandal or controversy.

    People seem to think it makes sense because of "Watergate", i.e. because that scandal's name ended with "gate" all other scandals should also end with "gate"...

    ...Even though that was the actual name of the hotel where the events happened.

    If the Watergate scandal followed the current "scandal naming rules" that many people bizarrely insist on using it would have been called "Watergategate"...
     
  16. Eckscaliber macrumors 6502a

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    Just because some new iPhones have this issue does not mean the new iPads will.

    Nothing will stop me from getting the new iPad.......nothing.
     
  17. iSee macrumors 68040

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    No. It's just a bug. It's not great but it happens. It'll get fixed.
     
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  19. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Compass? Never use it and don't really see any need for it. It's easy enough to tell rough compass directions from sun or stars or simply knowing your location.
     
  20. IGregory macrumors 6502a

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    I mean, who uses a compass anyway? All you need to know is the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If you can't figure that out envisioned the nearest Interstate Highway. If the number ends with an odd number that means the roads runs North and South. If the number ends with an even number that means the road runs east and west. If you don't live in the US I'm sure there are landmarks in your country that will help you figure it out.
     
  21. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    That likely only effects the one app and not the factory calibration.
     
  22. vladfein macrumors regular

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    Brilliant argument! :)
    Let's remove from iPad everything that you personally don't use.
     
  23. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I never said or suggested removing it. I only said I don't need it and in the context of the thread title - "hesitating on iPad 5.." I mean I would not hesitate to buy an iPad 5 or an iPhone 5S due to Compass problems.
     
  24. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

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    My uncle, Christopher Columbus, says he refuses to set sail until Apple fixes the compass on the upcoming iPad 5.
     
  25. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Nope will still be buying. Ours never leave the house.
     

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