Erratic screen: "phantom touching"

Discussion in 'iPad' started by merenkov, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. merenkov macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2010
    I have a month-old 3g iPad. Was working perfectly for the first 3 weeks. Now in Safari, and some other applications, the screen will start moving around by itself, scrolling up and down, zooming in and out, and even jumping to new pages via hyperlinks even though I am not touching the screen at all. The iPad is not jailbroken. I did a restore as new, which worked for a few days, but now it's happening again. Has anyone else experienced this?
  2. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    While I have not experienced this, the most general answer you'll get is to return it.
  3. bottern macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    did you solve the problem?

    My iPad is doing the exact same thing, what happend for you - did u return the iPad or did the problem get solved in some other way?
  4. merenkov thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2010
    I ended up taking my iPad back to the Apple Store. They ran some diagnostics, and found that my RAM was almost maxed out, which didn't really make sense. It indicated a faulty processor, so they gave me a new iPad, simple as that. I took it home, synched, and it only took about 45 minutes to synch 30 gigs of data. My original iPad had taken about 5 hours to synch for the first time. Clearly there was a problem with the processor in the first one, but I didn't realize it at first, as it took several weeks before it started exhibiting the erratic screen behavior. Hope this helps anyone else who might experience this down the line.
  5. woodbine macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2010
    Bath, UK
    This is late to the thread, but I have had two iPads where the touch screen can develop a mind of it's own. I don't know for sure but it seems to have something to do with dry fingers. It can manifest as keyboard errors, apps crashing for no reason, and general unresponsiveness. Then later it just goes away. I'm certain its not the hardware, because I get similar issues on an iPhone 5.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Maybe use some kind of moisturizing lotion on your hands.

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