More typing mistakes on iPhone 5

meghan6

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Does anyone find it harder to type on the iPhone 5? I have way more typing mistakes when writing emails/texts on the iPhone 5 than I did on the 4. I have no idea why this would be the case, but I've actually talked to two other people who share the same opinion so hopefully that means I'm not crazy. :) Any idea why the keyboard would have different sensitivity on the 5?
 

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Dec 22, 2008
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Does anyone find it harder to type on the iPhone 5? I have way more typing mistakes when writing emails/texts on the iPhone 5 than I did on the 4. I have no idea why this would be the case, but I've actually talked to two other people who share the same opinion so hopefully that means I'm not crazy. :) Any idea why the keyboard would have different sensitivity on the 5?
vertically it should be the same, but horizontally, its only natural your fingers need to adjust. Incase you didn't notice, with the longer screen, the keypad has grown too. (no, I'm not calling you an idiot)

Sensitivity is pretty much spot on for me
 
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El3ctronics

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Mar 30, 2011
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You're 100% right. The touch sensitivity of the iPhone 5 is definitely worse than in previous models. I've run a bunch of tests on multiple iPhone 5's compared to older models and it seems that the new in-cell display is much worse when it comes to recognizing rapid inputs (like typing).

For anyone that isn't aware the in-cell display allowed Apple to combine the touchscreen layer with the display layer, giving consumers a slimmer handset profile. Unfortunately it seems that this new display technology also made usability worse.
 
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725032

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Aug 5, 2012
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I tried a friends and it was horrible.

All these problems have really put me off the 5

Apple have a lot of work to do
 
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dmelgar

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Apr 29, 2005
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No problems here.
I had a iPhone 3G that I could type on very fast. I then had an HTC incredible and HTC thunderbolt. I couldn't type on them at all. I gave up typing on phones. Even with a relatively giant screen.

Now I have an iPhone 5 and can type amazingly well again. I don't know exactly how apple gets the keyboard to work so well. I can almost type faster than on an iPad.
 
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randyj

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Aug 23, 2004
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I agree too.
Have made so many mistakes with typing, selecting etc with the new phone.
Had an iphone since 2007, so know the phone well. Moved from a 4 to 5.
Thought it was just me.
One thing that really highlighted it was playing the game Lux touch.
Old phone was perfect, new one I click wrong countries by mistake.
This is also my 2nd iphone 5 too. Both displayed same behavior.
First had dodgy banding on the screen that had darker and lighter lines across the screen. Apple swaped it in store.
 
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Kung

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Feb 3, 2006
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I have absolutely no problems other than the fact that the last 2 or 3 letters of my email are close to the delete key, and so I usually end up typing my email addy minus a letter or two. LOL

But as far as speed? Mine's faster and more accurate than previously.
 
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supertomtom

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Sep 21, 2007
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I had the same problem initially, lots of typing mistakes and was generally slower. However, it's because I set it up as new. 2 weeks in, it has learnt my typing style so back to normal speed and accuracy again. :)
 
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Dukat

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Mar 9, 2012
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The keyboard occasionally doesn't respond and requires 2 or 3 presses before it works.
 
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1rottenapple

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Apr 21, 2004
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I think I'm getting used to the size since its skinnier so I feel that I'm adjusting.
 
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kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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When I used it at the Apple Store it felt fine. I've got 3 weeks till mine is delivered. Hopefully this isn't a real issue and is just a case of getting used to.
 
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McGiord

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Oct 5, 2003
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I am experiencing the typing errors, the occurrence is higher.
I believe that because the phone is longer we place our fingers in a different and less natural way to counter the weight as we did with the previous models.
So typing with the thumbs is requiring moving them a little bit more in the downward direction when the iPhone 5 is in portrait mode.
Also if you have the earphones connected while typing they add another condition not present before.
I am coming from an iPhone 4, therefore the availability of the voice dictation is a nice feature to try instead of typing, but obviously it doesn't fulfill all my keyboard needs, as I don't like talking out loud everything I want to type.
 
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millerhifi

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Sep 25, 2012
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I agree! I've had all the iPhones. I'm pretty fast at typing historically over the years and for some reason on the 5 I keep missing letters or its not responding to my key presses. Little annoying.
 
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Joesmith13245

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Sep 15, 2012
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I'm having issues as well. Although I think it's more related to the autocorrect feature.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with Autocorrect. Since the iPhone5/IOS 6 it's been more hate.
 
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maclook

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Nov 2, 2008
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I type really bad on cropped 3.5" apps like Skype. It's weird how I know where buttons should be based on the distance from the bottom of the phone so when there's an extra black bar added between the keyboard and bottom of the phone, I'm constantly missing the space bar.
 
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Bahroo

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Jul 21, 2012
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I think the keyboard learns your mistakes and typing habits because i have seen the accuracy of the keyboard go up more and more ever since i got the iphone 5..or maybe im just getting used to it but i can type very quick on this phone regardless
 
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Bswartz95

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Feb 3, 2011
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Yep - lots of mistakes coming from an i4. I'm starting to get used to the i5 though. The autocorrect is a little different.
 
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RPurdie

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May 16, 2013
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I think there is a software interface problem. It's almost a downgrade from the iPhone4. I don't think it's the touch screen sensitivity.
 
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Mlrollin91

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Nov 20, 2008
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I have the opposite problem. When I use my iPhone 5 and then use my girlfriends iPhone 4S, the thickness of the phone screws with my typing speed. Its really weird, but true.
 
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Darryjr

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Jan 11, 2013
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I find that the iPhone 5 can't keep up with my typing,and I am
by no means a speed demon typed. I could finish a sentence and my words are still being processed as I wait. This has never happened with any other device I have used.
 
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