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Thread: iPod Touch 5G Doesn't Have an Ambient Light Sensor

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    Default iPod Touch 5G Doesn't Have an Ambient Light Sensor


    The ambient light sensor is the part of an iOS device that allows the device to sense the lighting conditions around you and adjust your screen brightness accordingly. Unfortunately, it appears that the ambient light sensor is not present in the iPod touch 5G according to a report.

    GigaOm points out that after attempting to use Apple's new iPod touch outside, the device's screen brightness failed to adjust itself automatically, making it impossible to see what was on the display while outside.

    Taking a look at the tech specs of the new iPod touch on Apple's Web site (shown below), it does appear that Apple has indeed removed the ambient light sensor feature from the iPod touch 5G’s sensor part of the site under tech specs for the device. Checking back with the specs of the iPod touch 4G, the sensor is present in that list.



    Further supporting the report, Apple has removed the auto-brightness feature from the brightness options in the Settings application on the iPod touch 5G, while it remains present on the iPod touch 4G:



    It's currently unknown why Apple went with the choice to remove the sensor, but it may have been necessary for fitting all of the new technology in the iPod touch 5G and keeping that slim form factor. Then again, it may not have been.

    For some people that have auto brightness turned off all the time, the change might not be a big issue. It also won’t be a big issue for anyone that loves turning their brightness all the way up and hated how auto brightness might dim the brightness in certain conditions. For others, where the auto-adjustment was important, it’s going to be quite an annoying loss, as it will require you to visit the brightness options manually each time.

    Sources: GigaOm via MacGasm
    Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 10-15-2012 at 10:43 PM.

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    My world just turned upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
    My world just turned upside down.
    The end is near just like the Mayan's predicted.

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    This seems so odd and like a fail!!

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    I always hated that stupid auto brightness thingy it seemed like the dang thing never worked right

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
    My world just turned upside down.
    I know right? This is literally the only reason that I will not be buying one. This. The ambient light sensor. Only reason. Literally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
    I always hated that stupid auto brightness thingy it seemed like the dang thing never worked right
    Agreed. It was either too bright at night or too dim during the day. What Apple needs is a quick brightness widget or some other option.

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    WOW! I was in the middle of ordering an iPod touch until I read this. Ridiculous! I am currently writing a complaint of Apple's website! This is unacceptable!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
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    LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybeast View Post
    WOW! I was in the middle of ordering an iPod touch until I read this. Ridiculous! I am currently writing a complaint of Apple's website! This is unacceptable!!
    Don't expect Apple going to change things around in a small time frame, they are going cheap.

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    I never used it on my iPhone 4S. Only thing I used was Screen Dimmer in Cydia. This feature is pretty much useless in my opinion. I wouldn't be surprise if Apple removes it from its upcoming devices...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    To add fuel to the fire, Apple has removed the auto-brightness feature from the brightness options
    Wtf how is that adding fuel to the fire. The option wouldn't do anything with no sensor. Would you prefer being able to turn the option on and off and get no result?

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    and Apple hasnt marketed this as a new feature yet?

    "A simply amazing device, the iPod Touch 5G allows users to transition from one light source to the next with absolutely no impact on the luminescence of the screen. What a brilliantly cunning innovation."
    Last edited by aries_green_monkey; 10-15-2012 at 10:52 PM.

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    Um...........who cares! I always turn auto brightness off.

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    SBSettings will fix this.

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    This is rediculous. What the gel is going on? I had that sender in my iPod Touch 2G

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    Turn auto brightness off, align the knob with the g of Brightness and you're set.

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    Apple is just cutting corners to make this pod cheaper. Sad. Jobs would have NEVER done that. The fall has started.

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    another great feature in another great revolutionary product by our great innovative company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
    I always hated that stupid auto brightness thingy it seemed like the dang thing never worked right
    i agree, infact i dont think it worked on the loockscreen, it only changes on homescreen.

    Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
    Apple is just cutting corners to make this pod cheaper. Sad. Jobs would have NEVER done that. The fall has started.
    Is the sensor that much of an expense?

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