iPhone 5 Magnetometer

sbrhwkp3

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Jul 17, 2005
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Has anyone else noticed a huge improvement of the behavior of the magnetometer in the iPhone 5?

Did they mention an improvement there that I missed?
 

sbrhwkp3

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Jul 17, 2005
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Lake George, NY
Half the time I'm using the compass feature, I have to move the phone in a figure of 8 motion to calibrate it. Thanks for making me look like a retard, Apple.
That's what I'm talking about. The 5 hasn't asked me to do that once. It's not jumpy, it works smooth, seems accurate.

That's why I'm asking what changed internally to make that happen.
 

randallking

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Sep 29, 2009
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"Sometimes certain devices or radio signals can interfere with the magnetometer requiring users to either move away from the interference or re-calibrate by moving the device in a figure 8 motion." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone_3gs

I don't know much about this, but maybe the interference that's spoken of in this context would be reduced because of the iPhone 5's metal case. It's the first iPhone since the original iPhone to have so much metal in the case (at least that's the way I understand it).