Oh no, here we go again. Another “gate” is approaching in the form of a touchscreen glitch. Apparently, if you abnormally swipe diagonally across the screen of your iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5G at a rapid pace, it will fail to acknowledge swipes for a second.
In the above video, Recombu demonstrates the issue.
In my opinion, this is silly. Obviously it has taken months for anyone to realize this, so I don’t think it’s going to affect any real-world situations. On a humorous note, when I first saw this video I said, “Fruit Ninja is doomed.”
Here’s a brief overview of the video from Recombu:
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.
Is this the beginning of Swipegate? Don’t be silly, it may be nothing more than a software glitch. Even if it is a hardware “issue” it hasn’t been a real issue yet. I was hesitant to even write this article because I didn’t want to give Apple haters ammunition.
Oh well, at least Android users understand. This is a standard for Android scrolling, even at a regular swiping pace. Don’t worry, I’m sure everything will be fine.