The iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0.2 will occasionally show a keyboard glitch, as if a letter is being pressed rapidly over-and-over again.
We discovered this issue in the Mail app while trying to share a photo from the Camera roll to a contact, but it may extend beyond mail.
The glitch, shown in the video below occurred when we paused typing in a contact’s name to start picking from the list of contacts shown on screen.
The issue doesn’t appear every time we use the Mail app or try to send a photo, so there is a good chance you might not run into it before Apple issues the next update.
This isn’t the first keyboard glitch to hit the iPhone 5. Shortly after the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 launched many users found static lines on the keyboard. These lines typically showed up while entering a password with numbers on the App Store.
Apple fixed the static lines in an update to iOS 6.0.1, and we have not seen them since. The iPhone 5 and iPad mini recently received updates to iOS 6.0.2, which fixed a WiFi connectivity issue, but may have introduced a keyboard glitch.
While not a major issue, the hope is that Apple will fix this small issue in the next update for the iPhone 5. Apple has been beta testing iOS 6.1 for months, and it looks like the new version of iOS is almost ready for users. We expect the gold master of iOS 6.1 to arrive within two weeks.
IOS 6.1 is expected to bring a number of bug fixes as well as new features. We anticipate new music controls on the lock screen, easier bug reporting in Apple Maps and the ability to purchase movie tickets using Siri and Fandango.
If no further issues are found we expect the iOS 6.1 release date in late January or early February.