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Apple knew the iPhone 6 would bend before the launch, report says

We can now focus on what comes after the iPhone X , but things are heating up in the court about the iPhone 6, a smartphone that is now nearly four years old.

You might remember the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus suffers from two major problems. The first was how easy the handsets seemed to bend easily being carried around in a bag. The second was a touch of illness, which resulted in a flickering gray bar displayed at the top of the screen and the touch screen ultimately. Now it has been discovered that Apple knew the handsets would bend easily, even before the iPhone 6 launched.

As Motherboard reports, as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2016, Apple had to hand over internal testing of documents for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Although the documents are filed under seal, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh shared some of the information they contain in public.

 

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The documents reveal Apple knew the iPhone 6 models were much more likely to bend when in comparison with the previous model, the iPhone 5s. More specifically, the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bending than the 5s and the iPhone 6 Plus 7.2 times more likely to bending. It seems there was nothing done to the design and manufacturing process to rectify this and then in the public in response to the bending of claims of Apple maintained that there were no engineering issues.

With respect to the touch-and disease, Apple claimed that there was no fault with the touch screen of the IC and the display flicker and the touch screen error is caused by the iPhone “multiple times on a hard surface, and then that extra stress on the device.” Ultimately, Apple (after several months) decided to have a repair program, but the kicker was, it cost customers $149.

Considering Apple knew how easy the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would bend, even before it is launched, in combination with the fact that the logic board was eventually reinforced with epoxy to prevent touch-and disease prevention, suggests to me that Apple is doing everything it can to avoid saying what now seems obvious: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus designs were flawed because they did not have the required strength for everyday use.

The process is ongoing, but the Judge Koh has denied certification as an official class “because the plaintiffs could not present a sufficient model for paid damages in the event that they win. “Apple is not a commentary as you would expect, but it is certainly not good for the business of now.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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