Touch Recognition Issue on iPhone 5, 5th Generation iPod Touch with Rapid Diagonal Swipes


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Recombu follows up on a Tweet from UK developer CMA Megacorp addressing an issue with recognition of rapid diagonal swipes on the iPhone 5, posting a video comparison showing the issue on devices running both iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1.
The glitch which as far as we're aware hasn't previously been spotted by anyone, manifests itself as a dropout of touch input when quickly scrolling diagonally across the screen. [...]

Using the Mail app to clearly demonstrate the quick scrolling action, we dragged our finger back and forth diagonally from bottom right to top left on each phone's display. Sure enough, whilst both iPhone 4S's handled the fast paced scrolling to aplomb, one iPhone 5 struggled to hold its concentration, dropping and picking back up touch input whilst the other stopped registering input altogether.
The report notes cause of the issue is unknown, but iMore has confirmed that it also affects the fifth-generation iPod touch, suggesting that it may be related to the technology behind the new 4-inch display with in-cell touch technology being used in both devices.

Given the unusual rapid diagonal swiping motion required for the issue to appear, most users will notice it rarely, if at all, although certain apps such as Fruit Ninja and Infinity Blade that rely on such swiping motions could be affected by the issue. But given that it has taken two months since the launch of the iPhone 5 to even be noticed, it seems that the glitch generally does not have a significant effect on real-world usage.

Article Link: Touch Recognition Issue on iPhone 5, 5th Generation iPod Touch with Rapid Diagonal Swipes


macrumors 6502
Mar 7, 2011
Fruit Ninja Gate!!!! On my way to the Apple Store to return my iPhone 5. Play Fruit Ninja was the only reason I got this phone!!!! :eek:


macrumors 6502a
Mar 1, 2011
-the Nexus One and the HTC Desire had a similar problem and of course it was a major issue
-on the iPhone 5 it will become a feature or an insignificant issue for 200% of the users.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 23, 2010
Interesting. I have noticed the same issue and feel the sensitivity on the touch screen has lower than it was on the iphone 4 and 4s. Sometimes the touchscreen doesn't read certain commands, e.g., swiping on an email to delete.


macrumors newbie
Feb 10, 2011
no big deal but......

i've never noticed it in real time usage so i guess it's not that big a deal. but........ i was able to replicate that issue on my iphone 5 (iOS 6.0.1)


macrumors 6502
May 14, 2011
Holy ****

I've encountered this glitch in Temple Run and Infinity Blade and I thought I was going insane hahaah


macrumors 68030
Apr 2, 2007
Just tried it and I have the same thing on my iPhone 5. But to be honest I never ever need to scroll on my phone like in that video. And I've had the phone since day 1 and never experienced this in actual use so for me it's a non issue.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 12, 2010
Worst of all it's a hardware problem.
it will be fixed in iphone apple is slowly but surely dropping the ball that Steve jobs worked so hard to give them back when her returned to them but this time who will save them


macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2008
I actually noticed this on Gems With Friends where you have to quickly drag gems from the bottom to the play field and some times the gems would not move at all. I can also reproduce this in mail app.


macrumors 6502
Sep 8, 2012
i hope it's not the new screen technology that caused it.
it dosen't really matter but still..
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