Anyone with a 5S which does not suffer compass/gyro miscalibration issues?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lion007, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. lion007 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2013
    Hi There,

    Just wanted to see if there are any owners of the 5S out there who are not suffering compass/gyro miscalibration issues?

    Also anyone here who has had luck going to an Apple Store and exchanging their miscalibrated 5S and has received another unit that is calibrated correctly?

    Would like to get an idea if it is worth going in to the Apple store for an exchange in hope of a proper calibrated unit or just waiting for a while for this manufacturing issue with the motion sensor hardware to be resolved, or somehow via software update (unlikely though).

    So if you have a lucky unit, please let us all know! If you have a faulty one, I believe there is a long thread already present in the forums to which you can add to if you wish.

  2. mobutt macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    I just got my 5S today and i put it side by side with my 5 and both showed the same degrees.
  3. ryguy2303 macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2009
    I put my 5S next to 3 5's and a 4S, all had varied degrees.
  4. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I'd wait a bit until more come out of the factory calibrated. There is a slight chance you may get a better one but I don't think apple has addressed the problem yet.
  5. MuGeN PoWeR macrumors 68030

    MuGeN PoWeR

    Jun 29, 2011
    what week your phone was manufactured?
  6. gCloud macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    United Federation of Planets
    zero level?
  7. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    My 5S is perfect. Zero degrees on a flat surface.
    32GB grey
    Week 39, factory C3.
  8. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    How is possible someone has a working 5S ???

    From what I know is a problem spread on the entire production line, and apple is investigating if is software or hardware related (or both).
  9. gCloud macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    United Federation of Planets
    an all sides? if so good to hear.
  10. lion007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2013
    That's good to hear! Mine is week 36, same factory - 1 degree off and the compass is still totally out of whack.
  11. BrandonZ macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2008
    My 5s is 0.7 off. My wife's iPhone 5 is 0.2. So pretty close to perfect. I used ihandy level for more accurate readings.
  12. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    Strangely my 5S and 5C are both not calibrated

    5S (My second one) is -4 on all flat surfaces and 5C is -1/-2 on all flat surfaces
  13. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I'm skeptical about ones that are 0 on both back and sides. I've heard of a couple that are one or the other but not both. I've been to several apple stores and never seen one perfect unlike the iphone 5 and 5c which are all almost 0.
  14. Lukkee24 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2011
    Just tested my 5c; -1 degrees on all flat surfaces.
  15. DMoggo macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2013
    I tried ihandy app, got 0.7 on it's back, moved phone, put back on same surface and now get 2.8 which is inline with the reading I get using the compass app.

    Very confused!
  16. mobutt macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    Not sure, my iphone 5 didn't show a zero level on any surface I tested it on either


    Just tested it with a friends, it seems to be pretty on point, they both showed -1 on the same surface.
  17. ToyGun1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2012
    Perfect here tested with my old iphone 5 all result the same.

    Week 39, factory C3
  18. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2010
    I was at Apple Store yesterday and tested this on 2-3 iPhones on display. Same issue with all of those.
  19. gCloud macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    United Federation of Planets
    girlf's iPhone 5 showing zero in all directions, u need to be without case and maybe use the floor.
  20. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I along with others have tested multiple 5S's in various apple stores and have never seen one that is correct . Im still a little skeptical about people that claim theirs is perfect. I wonder if they truly tested on both the back and long edges and by rotating the phone etc.

  21. madKIR macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    I agree with you about the store phones: I tested some of those myself and all of them were off.
    However, a friend of mine got a white 5S 16 gigs and I had a chance to test it 3 times in the period of 4 days in order to see if there was any value shift. I have to say that hers is perfect. It displays the exact same values as my 5! One side had a degree difference but that's about it.
  22. CC117 macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2013
    I have absolutely no idea and no idea how I could tell if mine had this issue.

    My phone is in 100% working order as far as I can tell. I would never use the compass or use my phone as a level so this issue meaningless to me.

    If you go looking for an issue you will find one.
  23. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Tested all TEN 5s and my local Apple store and they were reading levels all over the place. Not 1 in 10 was good.
  24. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    How do you decipher the serial number to get that info?
  25. imalazeeass macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    This is quite annoying.. was going to get one but will now wait until this is fixed. Since Apple will probably not say anything it'll be impossible to know when the batch is corrected. By that time, I might as well wait for the 6.

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