iPhone 6s may suffer from iOS 9 bug affecting some apps which tap into compass and gyroscope data

By , Sep 28, 2015

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Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus seem to be affected by a potential software bug present in iOS 9.0 and iOS 9.0.1 that appears to affect some, but not all apps which rely on data collected from the handset’s compass and gyroscope sensors.

As first reported by AppleInsider, developer Fifth Star Labs has confirmed that reported issues with the Compass feature in its Sky Guide stargazing app are indeed limited to the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and do not extend to older hardware.

“iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users are reporting problems with the way the Sky Guide compass is functioning,” Fifth Star Labs said. “We’re aware of it and are quickly working on a fix.”

“Under normal conditions, users point their iPhone up toward the sky to see an onscreen view of stars, planets, constellations and more,” notes Apple Insider. “But on iPhone 6s running iOS 9 — including the latest iOS 9.0.1 update — the map drifts uncontrollably.”

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SkyGuide is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple Watch. The app was updated last week with support for 3D Touch features on new iPhones, iOS 9 multitasking features on compatible iPads, Spotlight Search and more.

You can read Lorry’s detailed review of Sky Guide for iOS here.

Other apps which tap into compass and gyroscope data seem to be affected as well, especially augmented-reality apps. Fifth Star Labs is currently working on a software fix to mitigate the issue.

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iPhone 6s logic board photo courtesy of Chipworks.

On the other hand, Apple Maps, which also uses said sensor data, doesn’t seem to be affected “suggesting the issue lies in a faulty iOS API,” speculates the publication.

The new iPhones sport the same InvenSense 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer chip and Bosch Sensortec 3-axis accelerometer module like last year’s iPhone 6 lineup.

However, on-board sensors inside these new iPhones are controlled and continually calibrated by the new M9 motion co-processor which is now embedded into the main A9 chip rather than being a separate microchip, like before.

This seems to be a repeat of similar sensor calibration issues that affected the iPhone 5s with iOS 7 back in 2013, resulting in inaccurate compass and inclinometers readings. Apple fixed those issues with the iOS 7.0.3 software update.

The company did not comment on the new issue affecting the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with iOS 9.0 and iOS 9.0.1, but we’ll be making sure to update the article as new information becomes available.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • Jake1047s

    Ok cool, I just got back from a trip to Chicago and noticed that my GPS was not working at all. It would not pick up my location at all which was frustration. I tried to restart the app and restart the phone, and neither worked. So it is not just the app. I had to tether to my 6 plus and my girlfriends 5c to use gps

  • iPhoneWINS

    Sad

    • DevXav

      True..

      By the way, i know the subject here is different but it would be REALLY awesome if iDB could do a battery life test compairing i6 x i6S x i6P x i6PS altogether..

      Jeff? Any thoughts about a test like this?

  • Fede777

    9.0.2 coming soon

    • Chris Wagers

      It will be 9.1 or 9.2 I would think since 9.1 is in beta 2 already. I could be wrong though.

  • DavidInArlington

    I have an iPhone 5S that is affected by the bug. iOS9.0.1 and Star Chart don’t work together.

  • Sherri Dechant

    Sky Map does not work in my new iphone 6s, should I be concerned and return it or will there be an update to fix it?

  • SherD

    anyone else have answers to gyroscope issues for iphone 6s?

  • Meg Fox

    Hi it’s almost December 2015 any fix on this yet???????? I just purchased my NIB iPhone from Apple Black Friday