Apple to unlock the NFC chips on its iPhones for broader use

Joanna Estrada
May 27, 2018

We may now all be focused on what comes after the iPhone X, but things are heating up in court over the iPhone 6, a smartphone that's now nearly four years old. Apple was aware that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were more likely to bend than the previous iPhone 5s, new court documents reveal, as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2016. Apple will reportedly introduce these new features and capabilities during their WWDC keynote in less than two weeks. Judge Koh wrote that "one of the major concerns Apple Identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were 'likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations'".

The bending issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus date back to shortly after the phones' release in September 2014. According to information made public in a court filing, obtained by Motherboard, the Cupertino company found that the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend. It would be interesting to see what would be Apple's explanation this time around. Affected devices were blighted by a flickering gray bar at the top of the display, while the touch panel would either become intermittently responsive, or unresponsive all together.

Regarding those devices displaying the so-called "touch disease", Apple said that the issue was due to iPhones being "dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device". Apple did address the issue in an engineering change implemented in 2016, and ultimately the company (after several months) made a decision to offer a fix programme.

At the time, Apple downplayed the rumours, stating that out of all the iPhone 6 units in the wild and in pockets, only nine people have complained about curvature of the handset.

In addition, the documents revealed that Apple started making internal changes to the iPhone 6 design by May 2016. The lawsuit contends that an internal investigation led to underfill being applied beneath the Touch IC component to stop the problem from recurring, a change to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus production that Apple did not make public. Apple isn't commenting as you'd expect, but it certainly isn't looking good for the company right now.

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