A more serious problem is beginning to spread across iPhones 6 and 6 Plus around the world, and so far Apple has offered no solution for it. Who exposed the issue first was the repair website iFixit, who published a post on his blog detailing defects in screens and touch – as reported by several readers who own these devices.
The affected iPhones have a gray “blinking” death bar at the top of the screen, a problem that may precede or be accompanied by a decrease or disappearance of touch sensitivity.
According to an investigation carried out by the website, the problem is not exactly on the screens of smartphones, but in the construction of the devices. Apparently, on the iPhone 6/6 Plus, the touchscreen’s controller chip connects to the logic board via solder balls; over time and in common use, the devices flex slightly (#bendgate 2?) and these balls crack, causing the chip to gradually lose contact with the logic board.
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The problem seems to be affecting an increasingly alarming number of devices, so Jason Wilmer, owner of a repair shop in Missouri (United States), classified the issue as a “time bomb” ready to hit all iPhones 6 and 6 Plus in the world.
It may be alarmism, but the fact is that the only solutions to the problem – changing the touchscreen chip or the logic board as a whole – are not made by Apple, and changing the entire device is out of the question, since the company is still does not recognize the defect and did not call a recall.
IFixit recommends that, at the first sign of the problem, the user should change the device if it is still under warranty; if the period has already expired, the only solution for now is to take the iPhone to an unauthorized repair shop. It is not ideal, obviously, but at least for now it is the only way out.