Mysterious ‘Touch disease’ plagues iPhone 6 owners

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A strange flaw in the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has begun to plague a growing number of users, according to a new report that claims third-party repair experts are swamped with requests to fix what the Genius Bar can’t.

The repair gurus at iFixit say the defect is allegedly more common with the iPhone 6 Plus and causes a gray flickering bar at the top of the display while making the touchscreen completely unresponsive.

Many people have allegedly taken their iPhones to Apple to have the “Touch Disease” cured, but were told nothing can be done to fix the problem because the iPhones are already out of warranty. Apple is apparently aware of the problem because their support forums are flooded with complaints, yet its not doing anything about it.

Some iPhone owners plagued with Touch Disease have been able to fix the issue momentarily by applying pressure to the display, but the gray bar keeps coming back and touch functionality grows worse.

The only way to fix the defect is replace the logic board, or the Touch ICs on the logic board. You can also just replace the entire iPhone.

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U.S. Apple Stores offer machine-applied protectors for iPhone

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Apple Stores in the U.S. are now offering machine-applied screen protectors for iPhone. The service, which uses a Belkin protectors and the ScreenCare+ applicator tool, starts at $18 and is available for iPhone 6 and up.

Apple Stores in Japan first began using Belkin’s tool to apply screen protectors last week, and now the service is available in the U.S.

Thanks to the ScreenCare+ applicator, you get a flawless finish that’s free from air bumps and dust particles. The standard protector applied is made using “InvisiGlass,” which is a flexible glass technology that absorbs impact and scratches without breaking.

There’s also an anti-glare option made out of scratch-resistant PET material that “enhances visibility by reducing glare from bright sunlight and artificial lighting,” according to Belkin’s ScreenCare+ webpage.

Here’s a video that showcases the ScreenCare+ tool, and how it works.

Belkin claims its protectors are so clear and so precise that you’ll hardly notice they are there. To get yours, simply pop into your local Apple Store.

5 Elegant iPhone 6/6s Cases for Professionals

We’re an outdoorsy bunch here, and we love to feature the best in rugged gear for your iPhone. However, I’ve found that, although, I love rugged cases when I need them, I can’t stand to use them when I don’t. On the daily, I want to retain the elegance of my iPhone and add a touch of personality or class with my protective case. These iPhone cases won’t save your phone from water damage, but they’re beautiful and perfectly professional for day-to-day life.

Leather Zip Wallet ($69.95)

Placement for a passport is what sold me with this case for iPhone. It includes four slits for credit cards as well, making it a great option for the business professional who likes to travel light. The tan leather is gorgeous, and I love multipurpose products.

iWood for 6/6s ($89)

Look at this beauty. It’s an all wood, fitted case for your iPhone. They’re carved out of a single block of wood, made in Holland, and available in multiple different types of wood. Each piece is custom, so you can request specific engravings to be added. These will add a serious touch of class to any iPhone user.

Isa Snap-On Wallet ($54.95)

This shock-absorbent case with exterior card slots comes in four different color combinations. The periwinkle and gold edition caught my eye immediately. Wrapped in genuine leather, the case is a slim-fit with raised edge to protect your screen while providing a professional feel.

SurfacePad ($39.99)

Made by Twelve South, the SurfacePad is marketed as a leather jacket for your iPhone. I’m a big fan of Twelve South’s BookBook and generally everything the company creates. Keeping with its high standards, the SurfacePad is a leather case with suede interior that has two card slots on the internal sleeve and doubles as a simple stand. Uniquely, the iPhone attaches with a SurfaceGrip modern adhesive, meaning you won’t have to pop it in and out.

Walnut iPhone Bumper ($59 $16.99)

If you appreciate an iPhone sans case but want to cover the edges beautifully. This minimalist case leaves the front and back of the iPhone exposed while creating a bumper around the edges for style and protection.

iRumors store Bestseller: The Veil.

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I’m always looking for the best possible case for my needs. I’m not the type of person that requires a bulky case with a lot of drop protection, but it’s nice to have something there to protect against scratches and small dings. The only option I’ve had in the past is to use a skin. It’s not always the best solution though, as a skin is nothing more than a thick sticker that will eventually start to wear and peel up at the edges.

Recently, I discovered Caudabe and their ultra thin iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case, The Veil. This isn’t the most protective case in the world, but it’s the perfect solution to my problem. It offers the same protection as a skin, with the advantages of a case. If your goal is to keep an iPhone clean and thin, there’s no better option…

The Veil is only 0.35mm thick. Yeah, that’s crazy thin for a case. Putting on The Veil is as easy as you’d assume. Just plop the iPhone inside of it and press down around the edges. This case features an open bottom design, much like Apple’s leather case, and has cutouts for all of the buttons and the mute switch. Once installed on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus it’s almost like nothing is there at all. The case is made from plastic, slightly flexible, and is available in Frost or Wisp Black with a matte finish. It’s a bit slippery in the hands, but nothing worse than the iPhone 6 itself. I wish it had a rubberized finish to add some grip, but that’s not a deal breaker for myself.

Check out our review video below:

Just in case you were wondering, The Veil will not solve any protruding camera issues you may have with the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but that’s because it’s thinner than the camera protrudes. So you’ll still have a little bump there, but that’s never been an issue for me. What you’re gaining is the experience of having a naked iPhone, but with added scratch and bump protection. Also, the front of The Veil is perfectly formed to the curved glass edges of the iPhone and leaves plenty of space for a screen protector.

Keep in mind, a case like this will not provide any drop protection. If you drop your iPhone with The Veil covering it, you might as well have dropped it without a case. I don’t see much protection coming from a case that’s 0.35mm thick, but that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m interested in this case because of its protection against scratches and small bumps.

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I’ve never dropped a device before and The Veil will help protect the iPhone from things inside of my pocket and whenever I may put it down. Let’s face it, most of us sell our old device when upgrading and scratches will bring down its value. The Veil will help keep your iPhone looking fresh, but without the expense and sacrifices that come along with a traditional case.

Again, if you need rugged protection, you won’t find it here. That’s nothing I’ve ever cared for though. I’m a minimalist that needs a small amount of protection and combining The Veil with a screen protector is just enough. If you’d like to check out Caudabe’s Veil case for yourself, it’s currently available for the iPhone 6/S and 6 Plus/S for just under $15. Just in case you don’t have Apple’s latest flagship, Caudabe also makes The Veil for the iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 5c.

Charge your iPhone 6 in style with Apple’s new Lightning Dock.

Thunder and Lightning, very very frightening.

Here’s one for the “better late than never” category: Almost three years after releasing the Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, Apple has unveiled its brand new official Lightning connector dock for use with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and fifth-generation iPod touch.

Not only can it be used to keep your handset fully-juiced, but you can also connect it powered speakers or a stereo using a separate 3.5-mm cable to enjoy music and podcasts at your leisure.

Accommodating both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets, the dock is wonderfully sleek and minimalist — although you can’t help but worry that it’s going to be a bit fragile.

We’ll reserve a final judgment until we’ve had a chance to use it, of course.

Pick it up on the Online Apple Store for a bargain-ous $39.

iRumors store Bestseller: Aduro Shell Holster Combo Case.

This is another dual layer belt clip / holster case for the iPhone 6/5s/5с/5/4. The Aduro case has a unique design something that’s different and looks “nice.” Also, we learn that the iPhone 5s can be removed from the holster without having to remove it from the case. There is also a kickstand on the rear cover. The belt clip /holster itself is made out of a really stolid material.

Price: $29.99  Sale: $10.99 

  • Shell holster and back cover for iPhone 6/Plus
  • Rubberized textured case adds protection and makes gripping your phone easy
  • Rear cover has built in kickstand for handsfree viewing
  • Holster clip swivels and has sturdy locking mechanism to keep your phone in place
  • Your phone can easily be removed from holster without removing it from the case

Aduro Shell Holster Combo Case for iPhone 6/Plus

‘Leaked’ photo offers first glimpse of colorful iPhone 6c.

Is this the future iPhone 6c? Photo: Future Supplier

Apple decided to kill the iPhone C lineup when it debuted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the colorful plastic cases could be making a comeback in 2015, based on an alleged leak out of Apple’s supply chain.

A new 4-inch iPhone 6c might debut alongside the iPhone 6s this fall, according to leaked images that show an iPhone rear shell similar in size to the iPhone 5c. But this design may come with a few tweaks.

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According to Future Supplier, two distinct differences appear in the rear shell they obtained. The first is the rear flash camera hole, which has been changed from a circle to an oval to be more like the flash of the iPhone 5s, even though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have a round, dual-LED flash.

The other difference is a second line of speaker holes at the bottom of the hole. The iPhone 5c only has one. We can’t verify the authenticity of the images, and until more iPhone 6c leaks hit the web, we’re not likely to get our hopes up for an iPhone 6c. Many experts viewed the iPhone 5c as a flop, but now that Apple is only selling massive-screened phones, a smaller iPhone 6c unit could be a huge hit with consumers who are pretty happy with the standard 4-inchers.