Apple released the iPhone 6 in 2014, following the success of the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c models in 2012 and 2013. They made major improvements on the iPhone 6 as a response to the popularity of the Samsung Note 4 and Nexus 6. As the release of iPhone 7 comes close, taking a look at the iPhone 6 and the challenges it faced in terms of iPhone repair will give an idea on things to expect from the former.
One of the major characteristic features of the iPhone 6 is the upgraded processor speed in the 1.4Ghz A8 chipset, coupled with a 1GB RAM. The hardware also underwent significant iPhone repair and upgrades with a switch to aluminum unibody chassis. The iPhone 4 and 4s is equipped with an 8MP camera, yet this same feature in the iPhone 6 offers more vivid resolution and image quality. The more popular improvement, however, is the 1-inch screen size increase from the trademark 3.5 to 4-inch displays of previous iPhones.
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Amidst the general iPhone repair and upgrades to make the iPhone 6 immune to competition, every iPhone user’s nightmare was realized when their expensive iPhone 6 slowly showed its weakness in early 2016. A common complaint nowadays about the iPhone 6 is the frequent system freeze that renders the unit unusable for an indefinite period. A flashing gray glitch on the top part of the screen usually indicates the system freeze.
Apple has been caught unaware of the root of the touch disease problem. They have initially dismissed it as a user instead of a manufacturer problem until cases of such increased. Independent iPhone repair specialists inspected the iPhone 6 and found a major drawback to a design improvement, one that has been causing the infamous touch disease.
To know more about cause of the defect, one has to look at a major structural change in the iPhone 6 that started from the iPhone 5. Following the release of the iPhone 5 is the BendGate phenomenon. This is a popular social media event featuring people complaining about their iPhone 5 units bending upon minimal pressure.
A breakdown of the iPhone 5’s structural change sheds light into the lack of reinforcement on the middle section of the phone. Ironically, the iPhone 6 also has the same structural issue along with the absence of a metal plating on top of the IC, which is designed to protect the chip and add sturdiness to the device.
As a result of such, the IC, which responsible for translating finger touch to system commands on the phone, bends because of the aforementioned lack of reinforcement. Instead of the metal plate, an insulated sticker is placed on top of the chip. The independent iPhone repair specialists also discovered the absence of a specific liquid glue that coats, seals and protects the chip for any solder breakage.
Apple responded in late October by releasing an iPhone repair program that costs $149 dollars. Several lawsuits have been filed against Apple over the issue, but this has not stopped the company from charging its customers for the repairs. They placed the fault upon their customers for frequently dropping their phones which caused the malfunction.