Internal documents indicate Apple knew iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would bend, the fact it has not admitted publicly to this date. Nearly 1.5 years into the iPhone 6 cycle, the company made engineering changes by reinforcing the housing to prevent bending which may have caused the so-called “touch disease” issue that it’s now being sued over.
Taiwan Mobile announced Thursday that it’s relaunching Apple’s discontinued iPhone 6. The Taiwanese wireless carrier has begun taking pre-orders for the 32-gigabyte version of iPhone 6, but it’s only available in Gold. The handset will go on sale on March 10. Last month, Apple relaunched 32-gigabyte editions of iPhone 6 in China, priced at 3,900 yuan unlocked, or approximately $567.
The iPhone 6 lineup was discontinued last September, when iPhone 7 launched and iPhone 6’s spot as the entry-level iPhone has since been taken by iPhone SE.
According to a rumor by Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple may extend its iPhone 6s battery replacement program to iPhone 6 following reports from iPhone 6 owners who claim to have been plagued with the same issues as their iPhone 6s counterparts.
UPDATE: an unnamed source inside Apple corporate told AppleInsider that there are no immediate plans to offer a battery exchange program for iPhone 6 devices. “We constantly evaluate service statistics,” said the source. “There are no plans or grounds for a wide iPhone 6 battery exchange program at this time.”
Apple has finally acknowledged existence of so-called “Touch Disease” following a class action lawsuit regarding the issue. The problem has been plaguing a subset of iPhone 6 Plus owners for quite some time now, manifesting itself in the form of a flickering bar at the top of the display and general multi-touch unresponsiveness.
The firm denied responsibility because under the terms of a new worldwide program it’s agreed to fix any affected iPhone 6 Plus devices, but for a $149 service fee.