The next time you shake your fist at Apple’s auto-correct, you might want to take a look at what is actually causing those occasionally amusing mishaps.
Apple is often noted for having the best hardware in the mobile industry. The company’s phones are stylish, sturdy-feeling, and often provide a user experience that outperforms the competition with little effort. Even if you’re not a fan of Apple or their mobile services, it’s hard not to be impressed by what it comes up with each year.
Last year the iPad mini received top marks for being one of the most accurate touchscreens in the tablet space, which was a big deal considering how most people hold the 7.9-inch device. Unfortunately, this year did not bring the same complement to Apple’s newest smartphones. In fact, during a recent test Apple got the silicon beat out of them by Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone from last year.
OptoFidelity is a Finnish company that specializes in measurement automation and machine vision. The team used a measurement device it calls “WatchDog” to test the accuracy and responsiveness of the touch panels on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, comparing the results to the Galaxy S3. Samsung’s previous generation smartphone still has plenty of users all over the globe, so this served as a decent control for this test.
In the tests, it was found that the displays on Apple’s latest smartphones are mostly inaccurate. The map OptoFidelity generated to demonstrate the results shows that there are very few parts of iOS that would not be affected by these issues, including typing on the keyboard in landscape or portrait orientation.
To show you how bad the iPhone panels apparently are, the image you see at the top of this post shows all three panels with red and green dots scattered across them. Green areas mean an inaccuracy of less than 1mm. Red areas have an inaccuracy of over 1mm. As you can clearly see, both the iPhone 5S and 5C panels generally have an inaccuracy above 1mm whereas the Galaxy S3 is much more uniform and rated below 1mm across the whole panel.
The test also confirmed that Apple’s latest phones are a great deal faster than the Galaxy S3, which should come as no surprise to anyone. Their performance tests captured the speed of both the camera and the browser, revealing that both the 64-bit iPhone 5S and the A5-powered iPhone 5C are noticeably faster when it comes to launching applications like the camera.
In my own tests with the iPhone 5S, I found that there were very few applications even the best performing Android phones would load faster, so the results here are entirely expected.
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