Apple Insider’s Mike Wuerthele released some compelling research last week examining the prevalence of what we’ve so lovingly labeled Touch Disease. Their analysis covers six days of service data—before and after the Touch Disease headlines—from four highly-trafficked Apple stores. The results? Based on the numbers, Apple’s techs were seeing a significant number of Touch Disease stricken iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses—well before the story broke. In fact, Mike Wuerthele reported that the Touch Disease problem “eclips[ed] all other individual issues dealt with by retail personnel on a day-to-day basis.” After the increased media attention, Apple stores saw an understandable surge of reports—because a minor annoyance was now something endemically wrong with their phones.
Microsolderer Jessa Jones can fix practically anything. But these days, she spends most of her time fixing just one thing. Because every single month, more and more iPhone 6 and (especially) 6 Plus devices show up at her shop with the same problem: a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen. And she’s not the only one. Repair pros all over the country are noticing the same trend. Here’s what we think is killing all those iPhones.
Everyone knows Pokémon GO wreaks havoc on your daily battery life. But that hasn’t stopped people from playing it. And since we’ll probably still be dodging mobs of Pokémon hunters six months from now, I started wondering: What kind of impact will months of Pokémon hunting and hatching have on your battery in the long run? (Spoiler alert: The impact is pretty significant.)
We talk a lot about why it’s getting harder to fix electronics. Not just because of how those devices are designed, but also because a lot manufacturers don’t want anyone to know how to fix them. And those companies can issue legal threats to keep repair information out of public view. It looks like Louis Rossmann, an independent Apple repair tech from NYC, is fending off a legal attack from one of those companies.
If you’re one of the millions of people who use a hoverboard daily, you know a thing or two about looking hot. Literally hot. Like, spontaneously bursting into flame—again. We get it—hoverboard fires can be frustrating. That’s why iFixit is proud to introduce the Smother Bag—your on-the-go solution to everyday hoverboard fires.
Schiller wants to shame, or at least pity, those of us still using “outdated” technology from the way-back times of pre-2011. But you know who’s on a five year-old PC? My mom. Do you know why? She works two jobs, was recently laid-off from a third, and a dude in a truck totaled her 10-year-old car a few months ago. But wow, what an embarrassment. Schiller thinks she should dump that PC and drop $600 on a new iPad Pro. Rent be damned! Get with the times, Mom.
This morning, Apple apologized and admitted that Error 53 was a mistake as opposed to a deliberate security feature: “this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers,” Apple said to TechCrunch. They also released a patch to iOS 9.2.1 that purports to fix Error 53—”unbricking” phones disabled by the problem and preventing it from happening in future phones repaired outside of Apple’s network. But wait, let’s verify that the fix actually works before we celebrate.
With the craziness of teardown season behind us, our technical writing crew has settled into writing guides for the latest crop of gizmos. And that means even more awesome photos for you! This time around, we’re bringing you internal wallpaper pics for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Check our blog for your free, x-ray vision wallpapers.
We stopped by the European Parliament in Brussels to show some folks there how to fix their phones. The repair-focused showcase was part of massive effort to put Europe on the path to a circular economy—an economic system where materials are designed to recirculate back into the marketplace at the end of their lives. In fact, the European Parliament is considering taking some legislative measures that would reduce waste—including e-waste.