iOS 7: White splotch in top left hand corner...

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by dagdagdag234, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. dagdagdag234 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Of the screen, about half an inch in diameter, almost like a "lens flare" that appears and disappears when some apps are opened or closed.

    Does anyone else have this? It always vanishes in a second or two so I know it's not a screen issue?
  2. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    i see nothing like this, nor have i in any beta.
  3. TheIsingGuy macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2013
    Yeah I have this since updated yesterday. I noticed that this white splotch as you called it can appear in several ways on mine:
    1. opening the calculator app from control centre and closing it by pressing home button
    2. opening and closing any apps by tapping on "open" from the AppStore update tab.

    This is repeatable, I have not tried this on other iOS 7 devices so far but friends of mine have said that they haven't seen this.
  4. Eresin macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    are you able to take screen capture? I'm not able to reproduce this from TheIsingGuy's steps
  5. TheIsingGuy macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2013
    Please see link here I made on Apple's discussion forums:
  6. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Here's mine -- so far noticed it in FLixter, Yelp, and apple's own calculator app.

    I would chalk it up to Flixter and Yelp not updating for ios 7 yet, but the calculator thing baffles me.

  7. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Ising Guy, did you happen to download the Gold Master version of IOS 7 from a website ahead of release date like i did?

    That's the only thing I could figure, some sort of glitch in that version...
  8. MacDevil7334 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    This bug has been in there since beta 1, but I think I have it figured out. When you open an app that is not on your home screen (eg opening Calculator from Control Center when it is placed in a folder), the opening animation is very similar to what we had in iOS 6 rather than the "zoom in on app icon" animation introduced in iOS 7. During that animation, the central icons AND the icon names underneath, all get scaled larger as the icons "zoom" away. It looks like the white splotch you guys are seeing is the tail end of an app name (way zoomed in). The app seems to be located in the second row from the top, second from the left. And, this only happens when the app has a long name (like Google Maps). If you put an app with a shorter name, like Settings, in that spot and repeat, you won't see the white splotch.

    Incidentally, you can also get the white splotch problem in the top right of the screen if you put an app with a long name in the second row from the top, second from the right. I hope Apple fixes this bug in a later release. While it doesn't hurt functionality in any large way, it is definitely annoying visually.

  9. kwokaaron macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2013
    Guys, I've had this bug for ages as well. I managed to get rid of the bug by resetting the home screen layout found in settings. Obviously you'll have to reorganize your apps again. :)
  10. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Resetting home screen did NOT work. Not so thrilled about having to reorganize all my apps now. I do not suggest anyone else try this
  11. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    Yes, I have this too..but this is so minor, why does it even bother you? I mean, I consider myself picky about visual elements..but this is so forgettable.
  12. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Not a huge bother but was curious if it was just my phone.
  13. Gryz macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2011
    Restarting my phone got rid of that issue for me...
  14. kwokaaron macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2013
    Oops. Sorry! I'm actually at a loss here cause i was pretty sure thats how i fixed it. Kept on happening before when i exited whatsapp on the second screen back to the home screen.
  15. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Someone posted this on the apple message boards and it totally fixes it, how insane is that?

    "I have found a fix. If you have google map app on second row and second column of your first page of apps, move it to another place, and the white blotch goes away. Don't ask me why :)"
  16. marvin4653 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    So it does! It's definitely an artifact from the zoom transition, as MacDevil figured out. Placing Google Maps (or any other app with a name containing that many characters--I get the same result with the "Catch the Bus" app) into the row two, column two spot and launching the calculator app from the control center icon consistently reproduces the artifact. Apple must not have programmed that bit of the UI with enough tolerance for long app names.

    Resetting the home screen would probably work simply because it placed an app with a shorter name in that spot on the screen.
  17. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    Yep, looks like it has to do with how long the name of the app is in the row 2, column two and three spots because the Calculator app launches from between those two apps when launched from Control Center.
  18. chrscap macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2012
  19. recklesslife85 macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2012
    Wales, UK
    It's just started happening on mine since the update. Happens everytime I unlock the phone, its we'll annoying!

    *edit* - Moved Google Maps off the front page and it no longer happens.
  20. jon3543 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010
    Confirmed on my Touch with Amazon Instant Video. It was fine in R3C2, and I didn't observe the splotch until I moved it to R2C2 and R2C3, which made the splotch transiently appear during the animations in the upper left and right corners, respectively. I normally have Photos in R2C2 and Google (not maps, just Google) in R2C3, and that's fine.
  21. YabeeKaren macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2014
    I also have the kind of problem too :(

    Attached Files:

  22. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sounds like the explanation and potential solutions have been posted earlier in the thread.
  23. matthew2926 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2013

    Anyone else find it ironic that there is a white line right next to the work "Line" in his app?
  24. tullyhansen macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2014
    Necroposting (joining the forums, even!) only because this thread was top of my search results for an answer to this issue (still occurring for me on iPhone 5 under iOS 8.1). Testing (along with Yosemite's iOS screen recording feature) seemingly confirms that the blob artifact appears when exiting apps launched indirectly (e.g. via Spotlight or Control Center), and is caused by long app names in the second or third position of the second home screen row being drawn prematurely/poorly:


    Hope this helps!

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