“Apple has been accused of failing to address a ‘design flaw’ said to be causing many iPhone 6 and 6S handsets’ screens to flicker and become unresponsive to touch,” Leo Kelion reports for BBC News. “The repair specialist iFixit published a lengthy blog on Tuesday detailing the issue, and emailed its thousands of followers. It suggests the cause is two chips that it says are at risk of detaching from a circuit board over time.”

“One independent expert expressed caution about the claim, which has since been widely reported,” Kelion reports. “‘There doesn’t seem to be any quantification about precisely what percentage of iPhones have been affected, so it’s difficult to tell if this is a minor or major problem,’ Neil Mawston, from Strategy Analytics, told the BBC.”

“iFixit claims that ‘a tonne’ of iPhone 6 Plus handsets have experienced the problem – which it dubs ‘touch disease’ – as well as a smaller percentage of smaller iPhone 6 models. Both went on sale in 2014. ‘Every repair tech we spoke to told us that the problem is incredibly common,’ iFixit said,” Kelion reports. “But some of the commentators on its blog remained sceptical. ‘I personally cannot say I’ve ever seen this issue – and I work in a cellular retail location as the de facto tech on-site,’ wrote one user who did not provide their name. ‘I’m not saying the issue does not exist, only that it is likely not as extreme in its severity as described.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Do you have, or have you had, that gray, flickering bar at the top of your iPhone 6 Plus’ display and an unresponsive touchscreen? We did not see that issue, but we moved to iPhone 6s Plus units on Day One (plus we baby our iPhones and treat them like the valuable pocket computers they are).

If so, do/did you every tend to keep your iPhone is a pocket where bendable force could be applied to it?

Common design defect said to cause failure in many iPhone 6 Plus units – August 23, 2016
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Next-Gen iPhones could adopt Apple Watch Sport’s 7000 Series Aluminum Alloy – April 16, 2015