Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Joan Schultz

IPhone X bug causes touch problems in cold weather

IPhone X bug causes touch problems in cold weather

According to the post on Reddit, the user states that it takes only a couple seconds for the screen to become unresponsive when going from a warmer to a colder climate.

'After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again.

The malfunction, which impacted some users who updated their iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices to iOS 11.1, autocorrected "i" to an odd symbol that appeared as "A [?]".

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There have been a number of complaints reported by Apple iPhone X users that the smartphone's screen stops responding in cold weather. "I try swiping on websites and it doesn't register my finger", wrote the original poster. "It's very noticeable. Is anyone else having this problem?" asked darus214.

Admittedly, it might sound like the sort of tongue-in-cheek joke that usually applies to Britain's railways when inclement weather strikes, but it turns out that the new £1,000 iPhone really hates it when there's a chill in the air. One of the responses surmised the issue lies in software, adding that locking and unlocking the screen seems to do the trick when it happens.

Some users have speculated that the changes in light from indoors to outdoors could be the culprit, due to the iPhone X's use of a front-facing infrared camera and ambient light sensor for Face ID authentication and TrueDepth photography features.

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Some iPhone X owners have been reporting this problem on the iPhone subreddit over the last day or so.

After literally just fixing a very specific (and annoying) autocorrect bug by rolling out a small update for iOS 11.1, Apple seems to have already started work on a possible 11.1.2 platform revision taking care of another particularly irritating and unusual system malfunction.

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