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iPhone 5s accelerometer/gyroscope/compass values incorrect

tharepairguy

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Lined up against my apple box separating my iphone 4 and iphone 5s pointing directly south, here are the readings. I did this because the stainless steel band and/or other parts of the 4 were affecting the compass when lined up against each other. I might go over to a buddies and use his iphone 5 to take pics or video. Lets keep this thread civil and on track. Please present facts only. Trolls need not reply...

There are now quite a few article's about this issue:
http://www.cultofmac.com/247282/iphone-5s-compass-off-base/
http://gizmodo.com/the-iphone-5s-motion-sensors-are-totally-screwed-up-1440286727
https://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/03/calibration-on-iphone-5s-compass-and-level-appears-incorrect/
http://9to5mac.com/2013/10/03/iphone-5s-sensors-providing-inaccurate-readings-for-some/
http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/03/a...ed-up-and-so-are-the-games-that-rely-on-them/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-5...-motion-sensor-malfunction-may-be-widespread/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tonybradley/2013/10/04/apple-iphone-5s-sensors-are-jacked/

Both Compass's set to magnetic north:
iphone 5s reads: 165s
iphone 4 reads: 179s <--- Reads correctly compared to the compass in my cessna

Swipe from right to left to get Apples level app:
iphone 5s reads: -4 degrees
iphone 4 via iHandy level reads: 0 degrees level
2 different Johnson levels used as well. 24" and 48". I had to raise the level until the bubble bottomed out in the glass to make the iphone 5s read zero.

Have you tested this? I have contacted apple support and they suggested replacing the phone. At this point, I'm going to wait it out as I can live with this defect until I know the problem has been fixed. I spent 34.99 oh a front and rear film protector that I will have to eat when/if the device gets replaced. OCD does not alloy me to use any device naked. What are your results? good or bad...

If yours it out of spec. I suggest reporting this to apple directly to get this problem resolved quicker. They said that they are monitoring feedback in real-time, at this time :)

www.apple.com/feedback

Ok so that calibration procedure had no effect on the invalid data from the senors. 7.0.2 update had no positive effect as well. Sensor-Gate is still lurking...

7.0.3 seems to have corrected the problem for a lot of people.
 
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richard371

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The other thread was shut down because of a certain user or 2 that was derailing it. This is a clear problem affects gameplay for games and apps that use the accelerometer. Xplane for instance the plane drifts to the right big time on my device. Plus or minus 1 is of for allowable tolerances but not 4, 5, or 6 many of us are getting. Don't let someone tell you its OCD and is acceptable its not at least for people who use this function.
 

wepiii

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Sep 22, 2012
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iPhone 5S Gyro issues

I posted this in another thread and a mod immediately closed the thread for some reason unknown to me. Is anyone else's gyro not working correctly on their 5S?

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Left iPhone 5S
Middle iPhone 5
Right iPhone 5

Also, this is really weird... None of the compasses are reporting the same direction.

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Anyone else experiencing this?
 

wepiii

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I have no idea honestly, where is that setting and what is the difference haha
 

Irock619

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I posted this in another thread and a mod immediately closed the thread for some reason unknown to me. Is anyone else's gyro not working correctly on their 5S?

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Left iPhone 5S
Middle iPhone 5
Right iPhone 5

Also, this is really weird... None of the compasses are reporting the same direction.

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Anyone else experiencing this?

The compass is off on all phones because you have them all together. The magnetic field from the electronic components will throw it off.
 

gym007

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Sep 19, 2013
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5S accelerometer is messed up

Mine is 4 degrees off on the tilt function and the compass is also slightly off. Anyone else having this problem?
 

Mr. Buzzcut

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Jul 25, 2011
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Yep. Just got mine today and same deal with the orientation. I have to lift the corner for it to zero out. This is on a known level surface.
 

chrisvanhorn

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The 5S might actually be more accurate due to the M7, which means the iPhone 5 devices could possibly be showing an incorrect reading. Just a thought.
 

iBighouse

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I can just visually see that mine is also in error. I guess if could give some numbers to back that up if needed. My 4s was very accurate. This level seems sloppy and loose. It does make me wonder two things:

1. Since the new M7 motion chip has a lot to do with running numbers for rhe gyro, might bad data in from a gyro that's off by significant amounts result in bad numbers on the output side?

2. Is this a software issue and easily fixable, or is this a hardware issue that might not be so easily fixed?

Update: I leveled it against a Stabila smart level. Seems it's off by 4 degrees. That's unacceptable and a significant amount- especially in light of this phone being touted as such a motion device.
 

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gym007

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Sep 19, 2013
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Yes, as mentioned in my thread it's about 4 degrees off level

I wonder why that other thread got closed. It seems that this is a widespread issue
 

iBighouse

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I wonder why that other thread got closed. It seems that this is a widespread issue

Dunno why it was so suddenly closed. Apparently It went "off the tracks" so let's try to keep this thread on the tracks!

I went to apple.com/feedback and submitted it as a bug item. Maybe if others do likewise we can spur a fix for it!
 

tharepairguy

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Don't forget to do your duty and submit feedback to apple if your getting similar problems...
 
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asleep

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I wonder why that other thread got closed. It seems that this is a widespread issue

Mods will close a duplicate topic, or sometimes merge topics. So if you get locked, search for an existing thread on same subject.
 
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