According to new test data, the touchscreens on Apple’s recently released iPhone 5S and 5C show significant degradation in touch detection accuracy along their edges, which can affect hitting outside keys on the iOS virtual keyboard. Using a robotic finger and a specialized suite of test software, Finnish automated testing company, OptoFidelity, found that Apple’s latest handsets accurately detect touch inputs only across a small swath of their displays, roughly equating to the location of the on-screen keyboard.
Both the iPhone 5S and 5C suffer from “extremely bad” touch performance near the edges of the display according to the company. This makes it difficult for users to hit outlying keys on the virtual keyboard like Q, O and P the report says. OptoFidelity compared the iPhones’ displays to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and found that the Android phone offered significantly more accurate touch detection across its entire touch surface. The report mentioned the following regarding the matter:
Because the touch accuracy is more even in Galaxy S3 than in iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, you get a lot less typing errors, and letters which are close to the edge are working better.
Although the latest test suggests that the outside of Apple’s iPhone displays may experience inaccuracies, the iPhone continues to lead the way when it comes to responsiveness. A study from Agawi recently found the iPhone 5 display to be twice as fast as competing Android-based handsets.