iPod touch owners report iOS 4.3 graphical glitches

iPod touch owners are reporting strange graphical glitches after updating their devices to iOS 4.3, which was released earlier this month.

Engadget reports that after updating, screens on affected devices seem to flicker and distort. The problem apparently occurs mainly on the lock screen and becomes more obvious with the arrival of a push notification.

Fourth-generation iPod touch devices seem to be the only ones impacted, with users taking to Apple's support forum to report their experiences with the issue. The glitch appears to be relatively common; as of 5.45AM EST, at least two dozen individual users were reporting the same types of problems across two forum topics. Their symptoms, however, differ - some users report ''snowy'' graphics, while others have noticed glitches around the WiFi icon, corrupted graphics or missing icons. At least one user has captured the issue on video, as seen below.

User ''W.I.C'' noted that the issue is reminiscent of the graphical corruption caused by an overclocked graphics card, while ''Anytimes'' installed all three iOS 4.3 beta releases in order and determined that the issue only appeared in the final ''Golden Master'' release. The age of the iPod appears to make no difference and users have been encouraged to make a bug report to Apple if they experience the issue.

Apple has yet to comment on the problems, but they seem to be widespread enough that the Mac-maker will be forced to take some kind of action.

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Well I finally seen this happen on the spinning icon up top, but that's it. Hasn't happened on anything else yet. Might have to go back to 4.2...

So they are killing all old iPods? I wouldn't be surprised if some next days Apple will announce some new Super iPod and will urge owners to buy a new one.

I see graphical flickering on the battery icon on top at times when its plugged in to PC for charging.
Only happens sometimes though so far.
Using 1 month old iPod Touch with iOS updated to 4.3.

Funny stuff. Seems these days Apple cannot release anything software or hardware that has issues. I remember when you never heard anything like this from Apple. Apple is dropping the ball on QA and growing to fast for their own good.

It's okay, Walt Mossberg will receive another Apple Press Kit containing an iPod Touch 4G, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4 and he'll make an official statement in the press about how all these problems as of late are just coincidences as a result of people mishandling them. Walt will make it all better......

but why is the first picture of an iphone, when it's only an Ipod touch which has the issue. And good spot on the date hmm, me don't like this 'fake' issue

The glitch appears to be relatively common; as of 5.45AM EST, at least two dozen individual users were reporting the same types of problems across two forum topics.

Two dozen out of how many millions of iPod touches that have been sold? That doesn't sound "common" at all to me. Making a mountain out of a molehile, it seems.

roadwarrior said,

Two dozen out of how many millions of iPod touches that have been sold? That doesn't sound "common" at all to me. Making a mountain out of a molehile, it seems.

Just what I thought. Sure, it's a bug and it needs to be fixed ASAP but i don't think it's half as bad as some people make it...

roadwarrior said,

Two dozen out of how many millions of iPod touches that have been sold? That doesn't sound "common" at all to me. Making a mountain out of a molehile, it seems.

Well, seeing how all the devices are supposed to be exactly the same, this bug could happen to ALL devices.... so just because a few have it now doesn't mean more wont. So yes, while just a few have reported it now, there are more that most likely haven't, and more likely to get it. And if it isn't brought to light, it can't get fixed. Lets not just throw logic and reason out the window completely.
A lot of people don't like to complain or report things, but you can rest assured that this is a problem all can face on such a device.

There are always going to be defective or out of tolerance products on any assembly line, even things that normal QA can't catch (especially with delicate electronic devices). It could simply be that the video drivers in this update brought a previously unknown defect to light. It's certainly not unknown for a driver update to do this, with any type of hardware. Apple has the iPod touch made in the same types of factories as many other devices, and production errors aren't unknown in other devices either. I've never understood why people think that Apple is somehow immue to the same types of issues as other companies.

roadwarrior said,
I've never understood why people think that Apple is somehow immue to the same types of issues as other companies.

Maybe because the comments from those who say, " this is nothing, not affecting me, I never have problems."
When a company and its user base constantly try and deny anything that doesn't put it in a good spotlight, it will get its attention when things go wrong.

roadwarrior said,
Two dozen out of how many millions of iPod touches that have been sold? That doesn't sound "common" at all to me. Making a mountain out of a molehile, it seems.

How many people experiencing the problem do you think bother to report it? I work in IT and frequently check sites like Neowin. I have an iPod Touch that's been experiencing these issues. I had no idea others had the same problem until I read this story. I didn't report it to Apple or post anything on their forums. So if I'm tech savvy and didn't bother reporting anything (especially since while annoying, the iPod is basically working fine), what makes you think tons of other iPod users are going to report something? Poor logic on your part.

Dan~ said,
Just noticed how does an ipod touch have 3g signal? iffy

I assume... Yeah if it's only happening on the iPod, then there should be no 3G signal at all. So either it's happening on the iPhone in some cases as well, or that picture has been photoshopped.

Fid said,

I assume... Yeah if it's only happening on the iPod, then there should be no 3G signal at all. So either it's happening on the iPhone in some cases as well, or that picture has been photoshopped.

Look at the date also: September 26th.

Dan~ said,
Just noticed how does an ipod touch have 3g signal? iffy

Yeah, what is the deal with the picture? It seems totally out of place in this case (other than trying to represent what the glitch looks like).

Me misses has got an Ipod touch 4g but no issues on there. Wonder if it's only certain batches or whatever hmmm

Besides the in application performance increase in graphics side; currently there are problems in home screen esp. in the transitions between switching apps on iPhone 4 as well...

It's obvious there are some graphical glitches in this version. I think 4.3.1 should come asap.

Shadrack said,

You're commenting wrong.

I haven't had my morning coffee yet, and just trying to be like the site, unprofessional, so lighten up

Adamb10 said,
On top of the graphical glitches I'm also getting significantly worse battery life.

The battery life thing is just as widespread. I had to restore to factory settings and reinstall everything. As well as turn Ping off [Settings][General][Restrictions]..

The graphical glitches seem to be gone as well.. We'll see..

spenumatsa said,
My iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are running iOS 4.3 and i do not see any issues.

That's because the article states the 4th generation iPod Touch is what's affected.

jrolson said,
Using 4.3 on my ipod touch 4 since it came out and haven't had this happen...

Hell, I've been using it since a day or two after the GM was seeded, and still haven't seen this (or the DST bug for that matter). Some of these bugs only seem to affect a small percentage of users, but the media likes making it look like they affect everyone.

roadwarrior said,
Some of these bugs only seem to affect a small percentage of users, but the media likes making it look like they affect everyone.

how do you know that?.

Is easy to say :"not for me then not for everyone" but it does not solve the problem and may be it a bug that affect most of the users.

Magallanes said,

how do you know that?.

Is easy to say :"not for me then not for everyone" but it does not solve the problem and may be it a bug that affect most of the users.


Well, I can't say for certain (which is why I said "seem to"), but I can put 2 and 2 together. A relatively small number of people report these problems, compared to the millions of people that have the devices. Human inclination is to scream about problems with devices, but not to say a word when things are working right. That leads me to believe that those having these problems are a small percentage of those that have the devices.

Thank god I am still on iOS 4.1!! Is it me or what is wrong with apple? Every update released after 4.1 seem to be more buggy!!

Guess this shows how well Microsoft have done with WP7, they had one glitch but it was the OS first update and they have to deal with a huge set of phones and operators. Apple only had to deal with around 4 devices I think for this update.

Gaffney said,
Guess this shows how well Microsoft have done with WP7, they had one glitch but it was the OS first update and they have to deal with a huge set of phones and operators. Apple only had to deal with around 4 devices I think for this update.

There are plenty of glitches in Windows Phone 7 - random reboots, slow downs, marketplace crashes, apps that won't update, duplicate contacts, broken volume levelling to name a few.

They're just both massive pieces of software being delivered on tight schedules. Something is always going to fall through the cracks.

~Johnny said,

There are plenty of glitches in Windows Phone 7 - random reboots, slow downs, marketplace crashes, apps that won't update, duplicate contacts, broken volume levelling to name a few.

These are relatively rare even on version 1.0 of WP7, while my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.2 still experiences everything above except for the duplicate contacts and volume levels...

JonathanMarston said,

These are relatively rare even on version 1.0 of WP7, while my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.2 still experiences everything above except for the duplicate contacts and volume levels...

They're not all relatively rare - apps that don't update will affect everyone, marketplace crashes occur frequently, and the broken volume levelling affects everyone as well (its amazing that if your phone is on one bar of volume, how much difference setting the music volume in Bejewelled can change the volume the sounds the for the entire OS for example.

Random reboots & slow downs are slightly rarer, but I see them atleast once a week on the three different WP7 devices I have access too, and on top of that there are quite a few device specific issues and bugs, which nearly everyone will bump into eventually.

How can this possibly happen. It is not like Apple has to test their software on other vendor's devices. They make the whole ecosystem!!! Surely they would test their own hardware.. very poor.

DukeWars said,
How can this possibly happen. It is not like Apple has to test their software on other vendor's devices. They make the whole ecosystem!!! Surely they would test their own hardware.. very poor.

I see what you did there .... Cant blame anyone but Apple

As much as I don't like apple I cant help but feel sorry for them for having this many issues with their products of late, almost feels like they are being victimized by the press too

Teebor said,
As much as I don't like apple I cant help but feel sorry for them for having this many issues with their products of late, almost feels like they are being victimized by the press too

Apple and Jobs have so many P.B.W.'s that no they are not being victimized