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Will Apple finally recognize this defect as being a real problem?

Apple’s iPhone has generally been a pretty reliable device over the course of its existence, but because of its popularity, when a defect rears its ugly head, it can affect thousands or even millions of users. The “touch disease” that has recently been blamed for countless user-reported iPhone 6 failures has gained enough attention that there are now lawyers involved. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in California over the issue, and you can join it, too. 

McCuneWright LLP has filed the suit on behalf of three individuals, citing alleged design defects that make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus unusable. The suit specifically mentions the “touch disease” video from troubleshooting and repair website iFixit, noting that the defect causes a gray flickering at the top of the display. 

As iPhone repair experts discovered, the problem isn’t due to the screen itself, but a faulty connection on the device's logic board. The suit also mentions that a metal shield, like the one on the iPhone 5s logic board, could have prevented the defect in the first place. 

If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus that has suffered from the “touch disease” defect, you can potentially join McCuneWright’s class-action lawsuit by getting in contact with the group’s office. A consultation form is available on the official page of the class-action suit, where you can input your name and contact information and explain exactly why you believe you would qualify to be included as a plaintiff. 

At present, Apple doesn’t officially recognize the defect as being a widespread problem, so if nothing else, this lawsuit could help draw some broader attention to what appears to be a real problem for many users. 

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