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  1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    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; 2012-10-16 at 05:43 AM.
    2012-10-16 12:57 AM
  2. MXCO's Avatar
    My world just turned upside down.
    "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
    2012-10-16 01:38 AM
  3. Norb's Avatar
    My world just turned upside down.
    The end is near just like the Mayan's predicted.
    2012-10-16 01:42 AM
  4. subywrex's Avatar
    This seems so odd and like a fail!!
    2012-10-16 02:32 AM
  5. trialnterror's Avatar
    I always hated that stupid auto brightness thingy it seemed like the dang thing never worked right
    2012-10-16 02:40 AM
  6. Anonymous's Avatar
    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.
    2012-10-16 02:45 AM
  7. trevorrawson's Avatar
    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.
    2012-10-16 03:15 AM
  8. Raybeast's Avatar
    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!!
    2012-10-16 03:37 AM
  9. iYeow's Avatar
    My world just turned upside down.
    LMAO
    2012-10-16 03:37 AM
  10. iYeow's Avatar
    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.
    2012-10-16 03:50 AM
  11. Drummer611's Avatar
    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...
    2012-10-16 05:28 AM
  12. nicrfe's Avatar
    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?
    2012-10-16 05:36 AM
  13. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
    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; 2012-10-16 at 05:52 AM.
    2012-10-16 05:49 AM
  14. kickerman65's Avatar
    Um...........who cares! I always turn auto brightness off.
    2012-10-16 07:37 AM
  15. iamutman's Avatar
    SBSettings will fix this.
    2012-10-16 10:16 AM
  16. *T*'s Avatar
    This is rediculous. What the gel is going on? I had that sender in my iPod Touch 2G
    2012-10-16 11:39 AM
  17. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
    Turn auto brightness off, align the knob with the g of Brightness and you're set.
    2012-10-16 11:55 AM
  18. hogcia's Avatar
    Apple is just cutting corners to make this pod cheaper. Sad. Jobs would have NEVER done that. The fall has started.
    2012-10-16 04:35 PM
  19. katarax's Avatar
    another great feature in another great revolutionary product by our great innovative company.
    2012-10-18 08:37 AM
  20. PaperTurret's Avatar
    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.

    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?
    2013-05-28 06:05 PM
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