Apple's internal documents show iPhone 6 models more likely to bend
MANILA, Philippines – Apple's internal documents, revealed on Thursday, May 24, that the company has knowledge of an increased likelihood of bending within iPhone 6 models based on tests it had made.
Motherboard, in its report, said Apple did not previously stated that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus had bending problems resulting in what was called "touch disease," in which the touchscreen works intermittently.
Apple is being sued for failing touchscreens caused by bending,
The court documents, however, said Apple's tests found the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend when compared to the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile was 7.2 times more likely to bend compared to the iPhone 5S.
The documents are still sealed, though US District Court judge Lucy Koh pointed out some of the information in her recent opinion regarding the case.
Koh wrote, “one of the major concerns Apple identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.’” Koh added that Apple later began reinforcing the logic board parts associated with touch disease.
Meanwhile, Apple, through a service announcement published in November 2016, said touch disease occurs only after iPhones are “dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring [sic] further stress on the device." This is the same argument Apple is using to defend itself at present against the suit. – Rappler.com
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