Ahead of unlocked iPhone 5 launch date (with cheaper price tag), Apple’s new phone faces another “issue”
November 12, 2012, 8:48 A.M., Monday, New York local time — The iPhone 5 is indeed Apple’s best iPhone to date but with a display that can hamper your goals of reaching the top score on Fruit Ninja. Is it fixable by software updates or is it a bigger problem than that? We can’t be sure but read on to find out more.
Ahead of the unlocked iPhone 5 launch date, a new problem emerges that might haunt Apple’s flagship device. Well, it looks like Tim Cook and Friends are on the verge of fixing many issues, from Maps.. to the “larger” touchscreen display of the new iPhone 5.
UK-based game developer CMA Megacorp has discovered a glitch on the iPhone 5′s touchscreen display that causes the digitizer to refuse recognizing touch input when [repeatedly] scrolling diagonally.
Here’s the exact tweet posted by aforementioned game developing firm, “iPhone 5 touch screen bug? Slide finger back and forth diagonally on-screen, input events drop out or stop altogether”. Since then, numerous reports have started sprouting like dandelions in Spring including Recombu which was compelled to do a touch response video test on two Apple iPhone 4S phones along with a pair of iPhone 5. Watch the video demonstration of the touchscreen glitch below:
As you can see, both units of the iPhone 4S managed to pass the test with flying colors while the two iPhone 5 units were guilty of the glitch.
Users of Apple’s flagship smartphone may not notice the slight touchscreen mishap but to those who use their iPhone 5s to play role-playing games like Infinity Blade, Dead Trigger or simply Fruit Ninja are most likely going to encounter this issue every once in a while.
We understand why most game developers are weary of this issue since a single diagonal swipe in the games we’ve mentioned counts a lot–mostly if the screen stops responding to input when battling a boss it can end up with a lot of furious gamers.
Either way, it’s still unknown if this issue is fixable by firmware updates or if Apple will have to result into a costlier method of replacing the displays on millions of iPhone 5 devices currently out on the market. We’re suspecting that this issue (if indeed it’s a hardware problem) probably has more to do with the iPhone 5′s in-cell touch panel since the LCD and the digitizer (part of the display that detects touch input) are fused together in one piece of glass. Also, Apple must fix this issue before the launch of the unlocked iPhone 5 (with official price tags). Apple will reportedly start shipping unlocked iPhone 5 in United States beginning this quarter.
We haven’t experienced this glitch on our iPhone 5 so far but we’ll surely update this post once we find time to test it out–we sure hope this doesn’t affect all owners of the iPhone 5.
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