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One detects movement and the other
by mrmacfixit - 6/4/12 4:10 PM
In Reply to: Sensors in iPhone by mosmodmod
detects "Closeness" (for want of a better word)
The first allows the screen to rotate when you move it in different directions and also detects any change in position, like if you were using it as a steering wheel in a car app.
The accelerometer measure directional movement, like swinging your arm in a bowling app.
Proximity sensor shuts off the screen when you put the phone to your ear. No need for a bright screen unless you can actually see out of your ear, which I assume you can't
The ILS controls the screen brightness based on the ambient light in a location.
Yes, they are complementary to each other and combine to provide added functionality to the iPhone.
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