As some of you might know, back in October, several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have reported a new issue that seems to affect only certain iPhone 6, Plus units. No, we’re not referring to #bendgate, but an actual issue that seems to plague only the 128 GB models. Long story short, numerous owners have reported that their smartphones crash unexpectedly, and more often than not, these affected devices remain stuck in a bootloop. As of yet, the only solution for dealing with this problem is to visit an Apple store and ask for a replacement.
Although the issue hasn’t actually been pinpointed and confirmed by Apple, many people in the industry now believe that this is a hardware problem which is directly tied to the 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Even worse, some insiders / observers are saying that Apple might be facing a huge potential recall. More details below.
Apple Facing Huge iPhone 6, 6 Plus Recall?
Given that the aforementioned problems seem to occur mainly in the 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a new report is claiming that the fault lies in the controller IC of the TLC NAND flash. TLC (triple-level cell) is generally slower than SLC (single-level cell) or MLC (multi-level cell), and although SLC was used in iPads before, most iPhones released to date have used a more stable MLC NAND flash. But why would Apple use this kind of tech? Well, because TLC is cheaper than both SLC and MLC.
Many in the industry believe that Apple might have to recall a massive amount of 128 GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, assuming that the crash and bootlooping problem has its roots in the TLC NAND flash. Evidently, these assumptions are further fueled by the fact that the recent iOS 8.1 update didn’t fix the problem.
In a somewhat related matter, there have also been reports of low read performance on the Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO, both of which use TLC NAND flash. It has been reported that Samsung already started working on firmware upgrades for said products.
Do any of our readers happen to own a 128 GB iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Have you encountered any issues with your smartphone so far?