Late bendgate effects: Is Apple ignoring dying touchscreens on the iPhone 6?
Buyers of the 2014 iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus might not be very happy with Apple these days. Apparently a lot of the 2 year old iphones, especially on the Plus-model start to to show signs of a dying touch screen. It either does not detect touches reliably anymore or shows a flickering grey bar at the top. But the screen itself seems to be ok, according to Jesse Jones, one of the repair shop technicians who says that most of the iPhone 6 models that are brought to her are suffering from that touch disease problem.
Apparently it is due to the thin frame of the phone that bends too easily causing cracks in the solder between the touch controllers and the logic board: a late effect of Bendgate, the scandal that caused the first iphone 6 design in 2014 to get a lot of bad press after its launch. iFixit says, that soldering the chips to the board again after they failed only seems to help with the problem temporarily, it most likely is a structural problem with the phone design. Up until now, Apple has not officially acknowledged the problem. It will fix iphones still under warranty but after that customers currently have to pay for the third-party repair on their own expense.