iPhone 5, iPod touch 5 touchscreens responding oddly to multiple, rapid diagonal swipes
The iPhone 5 appears to be exhibiting odd touch behavior when it comes to consistent detection of multiple swipe events over time. On an iPhone 4S, you can begin rapidly swiping back and forth and iOS will easily keep pace, scrolling the view to match your mad swiping, even as you start angling towards the diagonal. On an iPhone 5, however, while vertical scrolling remains fine, rapid diagonal scrolling (approaching 45 degrees) will drop off, as though iOS simply tires of detecting the gestures. The issue was first reported by CMA Megacorp on Twitter, noting:
I was able to reproduce the behavior on an iPhone 5 with Mail.app, Contacts.app, and Tweetbot (though a couple of times in Tweetbot rapid diagonal swiping worked fine for without any drop off), Brushes (paint strokes stopped appearing), the iMore app, and more. I was also able to reproduce the same behavior on an iPod touch 5 using the same apps. Various devices were running iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1, and iOS 6.1 beta. That means it's not restricted to one control, like UITableView, or one version of iOS 6.
I was not able to reproduce the behavior at all on an iPhone 4S or iPad 4. That may indicate the issue is unique to Apple's new 4-inch, 16:9 in-cell display devices and/or the software driving them.
Due to the angle, rapidity, and consistency needed to trigger the drop, it's not a problem most apps or developers will ever face. Games and game developers on the other hand, could well encounter it.
Recombu produced the following video highlighting the behavior.
Source: @CMA_Megacorp via Recombu
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You don't happen to work for Apple-support do you?
so all this talk about how it would effect fruit ninja (even if you are playing like a 4 year old) Have any of you actually tried it on fruit ninja? because while i can get this to occur very easily on mail... when i loaded up fruit ninja and tried to make it happen, i could not. and i went even faster swiping in that diagonal motion than i did in mail. i just could not get it to happen. has anyone gotten it to happen outside of mail? just curious.
iphone 4 16gb yes! ios 5.1.1 I dont believe its truth that problem with the scrolling !!
at least on mine, it does NOT seem to have that issue if you do it within the normal size area of a previous iphone. So on mail, if you rapidly do that in the center within an area of the normal screen size of an iphone 4s, then it behaves normal, if your finger goes outside into the extended areas of the screen top and bottom, then it happens.
this would also explain why this does not happen on fruit ninja, as the screen is the old size, not the wide screen. just throwin that out there if anyone wants to experiment on theirs.
AAPL stock took a 20% hit today after it was discovered that Apple covered up a critical design flaw in their new iPhone 5.
It is also suspected that this tremendous flaw may exist in more of their product line. If so, expect another hit to the stock price. Spokespersons from both Google and Microsoft confirmed that this may just be the Achilles' heel of Apple. Work is already underway by both companies to exploit this advantage of their product lines over the iPhone 5 in their upcoming advertising campaigns. John Doe, marketing manager for Microsoft remarked, "Studies indicate that our substantial customer base of morons simply love rapid diagonal swiping motions. The lack of such a magical feature on the iPhone is going to be a great boon for our product line." One only has to recall the famous "Monkey Dance" of Microsoft's great CEO to see why. While Google didn't indicate why this feature was so important, they did confirm that they somehow missed it on the product feature lists, and that it would certainly find it's way to near the top of their product comparison charts. Google representative, Sam Smith noted that web-board everywhere were already ablaze with Android users teasing Apple fanboys that they simply couldn't compete in terms of number of repetitive diagonal swipes per second. "Apple customers can only hang their heads in shame," he remarked.
ll flight mode the touch stuck .