Apple was aware iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus were prone to bending

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2018

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to expand the NFC capabilities of its iPhones beyond mobile payments in iOS 12. The iPhone 6 Plus was the first iPhone to sport a 5.5-inch display.

The bending issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus date back to shortly after the phones' release in September 2014. More specifically, the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the 5s, and the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend. It's the latest bit of news suggesting that Apple isn't making its own auto and will instead build the technology that will power vehicles made by other companies.

A lot of users were kind of disappointed to see Apple enabling the NFC chip (first on the iPhone 6) but restricting it only to Apple Pay, which undermines the whole goal of the near field connection if it's exclusive to just one service.

As Motherboard reports, as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2016, Apple had to hand over internal testing documents for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The problems-which included touchscreens with a flickering gray bar at the top, touchscreens with intermittent response, and touchscreens that stopped working completely-were collectively dubbed "Touch Disease". 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.

The documents reveal Apple knew the iPhone 6 models were much more likely to bend when compared the previous model, the iPhone 5s.

Apple eventually acknowledged Touch Disease, saying it only affected iPhones "dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device". As a result of the bending, the chip that controlled the touchscreen became loose from the circuit board causing touchscreen failures known as "touch disease". 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. The same procedure would be used to pay for transit fares.

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