iPhone accelerometer?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mike Teezie, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    I was probably the last guy in America to go to a AT&T store and play with an iPhone.

    I'm a smart phone guy, and knew I wanted an iPhone on Mail, iCal, and Safari alone.

    So I went to check one out, and everything was awesome, except for one glaring thing: I couldn't get the phone to switch views when I turned it. No matter what app I was in, the phone wouldn't switch from vertical orientation view. On both display phones, I couldn't get it to work.

    This disappointed me hugely, and I was hoping in was just the display units.

    Is this the case, or was it user malfunction??
  2. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    was the iPhone flat when you did that?

    It has to be perpendicular to the ground...it uses gravity I am told.

    There's a thread on this somewhere if you feel like searching for it.
  3. ChandlerXJ macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2007
    horizontalness only works in certian apps. photo, safari... thats pretty much it
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    this is true. if you're playing with all the apps, trying to switch to landscape and back, you'll find that hardly any of the apps do this. not sms, not notes, not ical. the only ones that do are safari, the photo app and the ipod.
  5. Mike Teezie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    I should have been more clear. iPod was the main app I tried, to try coverflow, and I couldn't get it to rotate.

    Same with Safari and the photos.
  6. Hummer macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2006
    Queens, New York NY-5
    I had that issue as well, then I figured out I had to hold it a certain way to get it to go into landscape. You have to hold it so the screen is parallel to you and then turn it then you can bring it back up to see it. I found this weird that in normal use I couldn't just turn it and it would work. Each time I had to hold it in some awkward position and then turn it to get it to work.
  7. ddd269 macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Sounds to me that the display unit was malfunctioning. Like the other post have mentioned, you have to hold it facing you, no more than 45 degrees (i would guess...) and rotate. It's very intuitive, I can't believe you couldn't get it to work... So, I think the unit was defective.

    Go to another store and check it out. Remember, only Safari, ipod and the photo application does the switch.
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I'd rather have a button and let me decide the orientation, whether in my hand or on a table.

    Try laying on your side. Its mode is off by 90 degrees :rolleyes:

    Or perhaps a three-way button: auto, portrait, landscape.
  9. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    It needs to be at a right angle to the ground to turn properly.

    If that is the case, and it is working, it will rotate 100% of the time.
  10. JMax1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2006
    Harlem, NY
    too many buttons! :eek:

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