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10-16-2012, 12:56 PM #1
Apple's Phil Schiller Comments On iPod Touch 5G Lacking Ambient Light Sensor
Yesterday, ModMyi shared that the iPod touch 5G was lacking the ambient light sensor used to adjust screen brightness automatically depending on lighting conditions surrounding the user. It was an issue for some because it would require the user to adjust the brightness manually in dynamic lighting environments that could make the screen harder to see, which would quickly become cumbersome for the user.
One Apple device user has fired off an E-mail to the Apple SVP, Phil Schiller, to attempt to get some answers regarding the issue. As history repeats itself, Phil Schiller once again (he also responded to the iPhone 5 scuffing issues) responds with an answer regarding an issue with Apple’s devices:
Originally Posted by Phil Schiller
For now, we can only hope for an iOS 6 jailbreak to surface for all of Apple’s new devices soon and at least allow users to adjust their screen brightness much more easily without needing to open the Settings application each time. Tweaks like SBSettings, Brightness Switcher, and IntelliScreenX will at least make the brightness slider easier to access and reduce the amount of work users have to put out for such a simple task.
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 10-16-2012 at 01:30 PM.
10-16-2012, 01:12 PM #2
Whats a "light censor"? -@deamandelk
10-16-2012, 01:16 PM #3
That's his excuse?
I feel it was to cut cost, but I could be wrong.
10-16-2012, 01:16 PM #4
Opening up Settings requires pushing a screen with your finger....how is that to much work? Its sad how much this society depends on technology and how lazy this world has become. I hope you all have a plan for the end days. Whats next, A meal that comes in pill form?
10-16-2012, 01:19 PM #5
IMHO, the light sensor sucks on iphone5. Works in an odd way and never really works well for me.
No loss for me. I have read how to set the sensor but instill can't get it lower in dark environment properly after it increase if you go into a well lit room at night.
10-16-2012, 01:33 PM #6
"Care to explain, Sir?".
That would be due to our design schematics. In other words, we decided to not include the light sensor.
You should also know we decided to not include cellular service with that same iPod.
Do you have any more (stupid) questions?
(although I will give you it might have been a surprise to see it gone)
Last edited by GeoffS4; 10-16-2012 at 01:57 PM.
10-16-2012, 01:36 PM #7
10-16-2012, 01:52 PM #8Jobs is no longer at the helm...
Since the launch of iPhone 4S you can see that Jobs was no longer on top of things.
My impression is that Apple is stating to rot little by little without Steve calling the shots.
10-16-2012, 01:55 PM #9
10-16-2012, 02:05 PM #10
I don't like Phil Schiller, not for this, but in general.
10-16-2012, 02:11 PM #11
really. you're going to whine about missing it? it's the first thing i disable on a new ios device as i get tired of the screen spasming up and down in brightness. if apple added it and added on .2mm you'd all be whining about how thick it is because of it.
people are just looking for anything to complain about now.. if you need the sensor to be able to use a touchscreen then the ipod touch isn't the device for you, go out and buy something else that's just as good. oh.. wait.. there isn't anything else out there as good.
10-16-2012, 02:17 PM #12
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10-16-2012, 02:23 PM #14
I thought an ambient light sensor was pretty standard on all mobile devices?
Yes, lets take things away rather than add them.
10-16-2012, 02:31 PM #15
10-16-2012, 02:51 PM #16
My two cents:
I guess it's a personal thing, but I've owned every iPhone to date (and other phones with ALS) and I have never used the feature once, I like my screen full pelt all the time, all my content in perfect resolution and colour all the time! :-)
10-16-2012, 03:16 PM #17
I use auto-brightness and I'm still not seeing this as a big problem. It's probably the least important part on the iPod touch, so I'm not sure why it was referred to as a "rather important piece of hardware." Apple needs to add a feature like Android's swiping the status bar to adjust brightness though.
10-16-2012, 03:19 PM #18
I have found it to be helpful on many occasions. It sometimes takes a few seconds to kick in, but it's really nice having that screen brightness kick up automatically in the sunlight.
I think it's better than having the screen on full-blown brightness all the time because that just kills the battery.
To each their own, I suppose.
10-16-2012, 03:28 PM #19
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