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What is the fix to the IPad 2 randomly opening apps and typing jibberish?

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susankolo Calculating status...
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May 3, 2012 6:54 AM

My IPad 2 keeps randomly opening other apps and then typing jibberish. I see that many others have experienced this problem. What is the solution?

iPad 2, iOS 5.1
  • dgehrke Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Is it any specific app or is it really just at random? Could you explain a little more? Never encountered this issue before so I am quite curious

  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (5,430 points)

    Either you have a hardware problem... That will only get fixed by a trip to the genius, or you just need to reboot because of some system glitch.  Are you on the current iOS?   If not, do the upgrade, and reinstalling the os might cure the issue.


    If you are current, and you have already turned it off and on...  Then do a fresh sync.


    Sometimes there is a problem in the screen, and if that is what you have, then you will need to swap out your machine.  Hopefully your are still under warrenty.


    Post back when you get it resolved.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,670 points)

    Try a reset... press the home and sleep/lock buttons until you see the Apple logo, ignoring the slider. Takes about 5-15 secs of button holding and you won't lose any data or settings.

  • katlynm Calculating status...

    my ipad2 started doing this afternoon! Did you figure out what to do? I have completely restored it back to factory defaults and it's still doing it



  • XRS04 Calculating status...

    Did you try cleaning the screen?  Turn off your iPad.  Get a damp paper towel and wring out all the water that you can by sqeezing over the sink.  Once it's no longer dripping wet, then wipe the screen on your iPad with the damp cloth really well and optionally dry it with a dry cloth or towel.  Turn on your iPad and see if that fixes the problem.

  • katlynm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I turned it off and on 80 times (ok maybe not quite that many), & totally reset it back to factory default 6 times... I have had a screen protector on it and I know that's not the problem. I took it out of the case too. I made an appt with the apple store for tomorrow... Thanks

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,080 points)

    Whoa!? They are offering straight up to replace the unit for you and your response is "Bad APPLE"? What exactly is it you want them to do? And BTW, they have no control over where you live and the fact that it is a "hike" to get to an Apple store.


    While your experience with this may very well not be unique, it is also VERY far from being typical. Evidently Apple has offered a fix for you. If you choose not to take them up on it, that's on you.


    Good luck.

  • Encrypted11 Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)

    Is your screen full of grime, nasty stuff, dried saliva marks, grease etc?  Try wipe it with a micro-fiber cloth/ spectacle cloth and apply some tap water.


    Does your iPad still do random typing?


    Do you have anything against replacements? They're giving you a new unit in exchange for a used and faulty one.

  • Czicks Calculating status...

    I agree with everyone else on the matter. Remove any screen protectors, make sure your screen is clean, beyond that it's almost certainly faulty hardware that needs to be replaced.

  • katlynm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I always use clean hands with the ipad, there is a screen protector on it but its not overl


    y scratched or messed up at all. I also keep it in an overly protective case and have always done this.

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,080 points)

    The symptoms you are describing are extremely rare, to the point where there would not likely be any definitive troubleshooting steps targeted to them specifically. There is really nothing for them to publish. Based on the experience of numerous users here , it is speculated that this is a hardware issue. It just doesn't fit an symptoms thus encountered for software problems. No, we don't know that to be the case, but it isn't a bad bet. We can't fix a hardware issue for you be posting online. Only Apple will be able to assist you with.


    I'm sorry you are having an issue with you iPad, and I know it is frustrating, but at some point you need to realize you are dealing with a fairly individualized issue and that your options are limited. As far as taking time off from work, Apple store are open in the evening and on weekends.

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