iPhone 5 display issue discovered by game developers.
Apple's iPhone 5 was released less than two months ago, but has already been hit by a number of technical bugs and issues. These include bubbling or a ghosting effect on the display, problems with wi-fi connections and the new Maps app, and unacceptable battery drain.
Now, UK-based games developer CMA Megacorp claims to have discovered another problem - the touchscreen bug. It seems the smartphone simply stops responding to users' rapid diagonal swipes on the screen.
A tweet from the developer reads: "iPhone 5 touch screen bug? Slide finger back and forth diagonally on screen, input event drop out or stop all together." That announcement was followed by a video, released by Recombu, demonstrating the issue in operation.
The video shows two iPhone 5 units (one on iOS 6 and the other on iOS 6.0.1) tested against two iPhone 4S models (again, on iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1). Quick scrolling (using the Mail app) with dragging of the finger back and forth diagonally on the display of each iPhone was surprisingly well-handled by both iPhone 4S test units. Unfortunately, one iPhone 5 failed the test completely, while the other struggled to respond.
However, we should caution readers it is unclear, at this stage, if this is a software (iOS-related) issue or something related to the iPhone 5 itself (the touch-based layer of the smartphone's display).
Finally, a report by iMore suggests this display issue has also been noticed on the iPod Touch 5, which was tested with the same Mail app and also Contacts, Tweetbot, Brushes and a few others. The good news for owners of other Apple devices is that no such issue has been reported with either the 4S or the fourth generation iPad.