If you’ve ever seen a flickering gray bar at the top of your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lately, you may be the victim of a very serious problem plaguing your mobile device.
It’s a massive issue that’s been making the rounds on a staggering number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Pluses sent in for repair each month, each displaying the same symptoms: the gray bar at the top of the screen and a touchscreen that refuses to work properly, almost as if it’s frozen.
According to IFixIt and Forbes, the issue is widespread enough to warrant several pages of complaints via the Apple support forums. The problem is, both the repair techs who continually see the issues coming in and the customers taking to the internet to make their concerns known aren’t seeing much done about it.
While there are some fixes by way of twisting the phone a bit or putting pressure on the screen, these are only temporary band-aids for a much larger problem. The malady may go away for a short time, but then return with a vengeance, eventually losing touchscreen functionality altogether.
Weirdly enough, replacing the touchscreen isn’t a proper fix. The gray bar will creep onto the new screen even when it’s been swapped out, because it’s not exactly a problem with the screen. It’s a problem with the Touch IC chips on the board inside the phone. They must be replaced for the problem to completely go away, and Apple’s Geniuses aren’t able to open up phones to go inside and replace them. Hence, the quandary. Instead, people are turning to smaller, third-party repair shops who are “unauthorized” to fix the issue.
Repair shops have been trying out various fixes to ward off the problem so that it doesn’t return. According to Jessa Jones, microsoldering specialist via IFixIt.org, placing a metal shield soldered over the sticker shield on the problem iPhones seems to fix the issue indefinitely, offering an “internal reinforcement,” a “futureproof shield,” as she calls it.
Unfortunately, since these kinds of fixes aren’t endorsed or OKed by Apple, Jessa and her colleagues have actually been banned from posting on the Apple Support Communities for offering their own views on resolving the problems that so many iPhone owners are experiencing. Apple is fine with having customers purchase new phones, but it doesn’t seem to want to include repair specialists who are finding success when it comes to actually fixing the issue.
It’s estimated, according to New York board repair specialist Louis Rossmann, that this “touch disease” malady could very well turn into a class action lawsuit at some point if customers make a big enough stink. And from the way things are going, it looks like that could be a very real possibility in the future.
Via: Forbes, IFixIt
We’re just now wrapping up yet another busy week in the Android world.
This week we managed to bring you numerous comparisons, reviews and even a throwback video that we think you’ll really like. Josh compared the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6S Plus, Lanh compared the Motorola Moto X Style and the Samsung Galaxy S6, and Gary went incredibly in-depth when comparing the latest and greatest mobile processors on the market. That’s not all, either. We also went back to our roots to go hands-on with the Nokia 3410 – the mobile phone that just about everyone loved.
Our video team has been very hard at work this week, so without any further ado, here are the videos you don’t want to miss.
Flagships going head to head
Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6S Plus
The Nexus 6P is one of the best (if not the best) Android smartphone you can buy today. How does it stack up against the latest from Apple? Josh finds out, in this comparison of the Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6S Plus.
SoC showdown: Snapdragon 810 vs Exynos 7420 vs Helio X10 vs Kirin 935
There are tons of different processors out there that power our mobile devices, but which is the best? Gary walks us through a showdown between the Snapdragon 810, Exynos 7420, Helio X10 and Kirin 935.
Moto X Style (Pure Edition) vs Samsung Galaxy S6
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The latest from Motorola vs the latest from Samsung. There are tons of differences between these two phones, so which one should you consider? Check out Lanh’s in-depth comparison of the Motorola Moto X Style and the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 review
Motorola just recently announced the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2. Want to learn everything there is to know about this new device? Don’t miss Krystal’s full review of the Droid Turbo 2.
Motorola Droid Maxx 2 review
Motorola’s Droid Maxx 2 is pretty much a mid-range version of the Droid Turbo 2. Is this the right phone for you? Check out Krystal’s full review to learn more.
Going back to our roots
Throwback Thursday: a very special hands-on
Mobile phones have changed drastically over the years, and it’s important to remember where they all started. You really don’t want to miss Nirave’s look back at the phone that started it all – the Nokia 3410.
How does Motorola’s ShatterShield tech work?
The display on the Droid Turbo 2 is covered in Motorola’s new ShatterShield technology. What does that mean? Jayce walks us through what makes up Motorola’s new display tech.
Will Samsung stop making smartphones in 5 years?
An analyst claims that Samsung will stop making smartphones in five years’ time. Is he wrong? Check out Matthew’s post below for all of the details, and don’t mis Jayce’s video attached above for even more speculation.
Huawei today at IFA 2015 announced the Mate S, which is the successor to last year’s Ascend Mate 7. While it takes a lot of design hints from the Mate 7, the all-metal handset parades its similarities to the iPhone 6 Plus.
The handset sports an AMOLED 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D display with Gorilla Glass 4. It has the Kirin 935 chipset with a quad-core 2.2GHz and quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a battery rated for a full day of use, and an improved, rear fingerprint scanner.
The device comes in 32/64GB storage options, however, it does have microSD support up to 128GB using the SIM 2 slot. At the bottom of the device surrounding the microUSB port are dual speakers.
Additionally, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says the Mate S has fast charging, getting a full charge “2x faster” than the iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also been some gesture improvements with the fingerprint scanner, force touch, and even Huawei’s “knuckle sense 2.0″ features.
One of the major features of the Huawei Mate S is how well it manages data. The handset has two SIM slots, allowing the device to seamlessly transition between LTE connections. It supports up to 13 major LTE bands in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Pre-orders begin on September 15 and will cost consumers €649 for the 32GB model or €699 for the 64GB handset. There will also be a force-touch enabled 128GB model, but similar to Samsung’s tendencies, it will be announced at a later date.
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There is no better way to be promote your device than targeting competitors negatives. And that is exactly what the site for the LG G4 does. In the display section that highlights its Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution, LG calls out Apple and the iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller iPhone 6 has 1334×750 resolution while the bigger sibling is Full HD (1920×1080). That pales in comparison to the G4, but, as we all know, resolution is not everything. Apple typically creates sharp and accurate displays. Regardless, the G4 does beat the iPhone 6 Plus pixel for pixel.
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When you’re spending most part of the day out and about, chances are at some point you’ll have to whip out your portable battery to juice up your smartphone. This usually means stacking your phone on top of a cable-wrapped power bank, and then clumsily holding everything together with one hand. Doesn’t sound very 2015, does it? It’s annoying enough for a startup called Rubix to come up with a solution: slap a magnetized Qi wireless charging case (aka On Case) on your phone, and then let it snap onto a magnetized wireless charging battery (aka On Charger). Look ma, no cable!
The 13.9mm-thick On Charger consists of a 5,000 mAh battery with two output options: a fast 2A current over a USB cable or a standard 1A over close-proximity wireless transmission. Better yet, the charger also has a wireless power receiver at the bottom (as indicated by the circular groove to fit the ring on the top side), which means not only can you plonk it onto any Qi wireless charging station, you can also stack one On Charger on top of another that’s plugged in to charge them up simultaneously, albeit taking twice as long — theoretically five hours — if you give the bottom charger a 2A current over USB.
As for the On Case, Rubix’s Kickstarter launch will do the iPhone 6 first, followed by stretch goals to bring the magnet-only On Cases for the already Qi-enabled Galaxy S6 plus Galaxy S6 Edge, as well as the bigger On Case for the iPhone 6 Plus. The charger is designed to be flush with the iPhone 6’s case, and it isn’t far off from the Galaxy S6 cases’ shapes, so you should have no problem holding them together. And even if you hold just the phone part, the magnets are plenty strong to hold the battery, as we found out on a couple of prototypes. But is this battery-and-case bundle worthy of $89 and up? We’ll let you be the judge.
The Galaxy S6 is more durable than the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge, and even the Galaxy S5
SquareTrade already started a swarm of speculation that the Galaxy S6 Edge is more bendable than the iPhone 6 Plus, but this new video is a little more positive for Samsung.
It pits the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 plus against each other to find out how they compare as far as durability. The Galaxy S6 took 1st place overall, which is surprising in that I would have figured that the S5 would win this one. The S6 was found to be the least bendable at 110 pounds of pressure, and all three Galaxy phones survived the drop test with flying colors.
The S6 came in with a Breakability Score of 4, which is considered medium risk. Here’s the complete rundown of the results….
- Galaxy S6 4.0
- Galaxy S5 4.5
- iPhone 6 4.5
- Galaxy S6 Edge 5.0
- iPhone 6 Plus 6.0
Check out the video below showing the above mentioned tests as well as a slide test and dunking test, in which each phone was submerged in water for 10 seconds.
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Do you remember the #Bendgate drama that unfurled last year as a result of iPhone owners bending their new handsets when placing them in the front trouser pockets? As an Android user it was worthy of a good laugh or two wasn’t it? Well, maybe it’s time to stop giggling quite as much now as one of our own has been shown to be just as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus. I’m talking about none other than Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.
That’s right, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge has been put through its paces by SquareTrade, the guys who provide protection plans for all sort of electronic devices. In the test, SquareTrade put the Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6 Plus and the HTC One M9(review) up against a hydraulic press. The HTC one M9 came out the best, bearing up under a 120 pound load before bending. The Galaxy S6 Edge managed to withstand 110 pounds of force before bending, the same amount as the iPhone 6 Plus. However, because of its dual edges, the S6 Edge’s glass broke straight away while the other two handsets managed a higher load before cracking up. You can watch the inhumanity of the test in the video below.
The takeaway from all of this is that no matter which handset you buy, you should still be careful with them. Putting them in undue danger will likely result in the handset becoming tragically damaged. It should go without saying, whether you own a Galaxy S6 Edge or not, you should not be performing bend or drop tests on your device at home.
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is just as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus and will crack under pressure
The iPhone 6 took the world by storm when it was launched late last year. Collectively, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus took away a significant chunk of the Android device market share. And now with Samsung launching the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, industry sources have started to wonder whether the Korean manufacturer has done enough to stop the behemoth that is the iPhone 6.
The answer will not be clear until the 10th of April when the smartphone is expected to be available in 20 countries around the world including the U.S. Initial response for the smartphone has been very positive, so Samsung is certainly hopeful that this is the game changer it so desperately needs at this time. And we think Samsung is right in assuming that given the amount of changes we’ve seen on the Galaxy S6.
For the first time since the Galaxy S3, Samsung has taken bold decisions with the design of the handset. Taking this into account, it’s not really a surprise that the company spent more than ever on R&D. The Galaxy S6 packs an all metal design with a unibody enclosure, something we thought was limited to HTC and Apple devices.
The company has also made brave choices with regards to the processor, going with the home grown Exynos 7420 chip instead of the Snapdragon 810 which is expected to be used on all variants of the flagship. Of course, Samsung had its reasons to shy away from the Snapdragon 810, but it tells us that the company was not looking to sacrifice in terms of quality.
The list goes on and on really and Samsung has truly impressed everybody with the Galaxy S6, be it in terms of the camera or the cutting down of unnecessary TouchWiz bloatware. These factors tell us that the Galaxy S6 poses a serious threat to the Apple iPhone 6, although we feel the iPhone has already made significant damage to its Android rivals. The more important question that is upon Samsung is whether it will be able to continue on this path when the competition gets tougher later in the year with the likes of the LG G4 and the new breed of handsets break cover.
Do you think Samsung has done enough to make a comeback in the mobile industry? Sound off below.
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The iPhone 6 is doing abundantly well when it comes to sales. So well, in fact, the phone is closing in on Samsung‘s top smartphone maker title. It’s a title that the Korean company took from Apple in the third quarter of 2011 and one that it has held onto since. However, given the iPhone’s strong sales and Samsung’s market share decrease of 34 percent in 2013 to 25 percent this past year after only shipping 78 million smartphones in the third quarter, it appears that Samsung may not hold the title for that much longer.
Apple’s success is in large part to the larger screened iPhone 6 and 6 plus with analysts believing that Apple sold 66.5 million iPhones in the quarter that ended on Dec. 27, an increase of 30 percent to the year before. Exact numbers won’t be known until Apple releases its iPhone sales tomorrow but the company is forecasted to post a revenue of $67.5 billion, up by 17 percent from last year. Coupled with options for larger amounts of internal memory the phones have also benefitted from being released with new carriers in China that included China Mobile LTD and NTT DoCoMo Inc.
As a result of the falling shares and sales for Samsung, the company is looking at restructuring management and design aspects in order to curb the loss of sales. Even so, Samsung is expected to see a drop in sales, but not one as drastic as 2014. That said, as always, we’ll just have to wait and see.
source: Wall Street Journal
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