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Apple acknowledges iPhone ‘touch disease,’ blames users and charges $149 for repairs

Apple has finally admitted to the existence of the mysterious iPhone ailment that caused unresponsive screens and came to be called the “touch disease.” The Cupertino firm’s diagnosis? User error. Or, more specifically, user fumbling.

“Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device,” Apple said in an online notice.

Motherboard reported in September that the problem was affecting “thousands and thousands” of iPhone 6 Plus phones.

Apple said it would repair affected phones, provided they’re in working order and have intact screens, for a $149 service price.

“Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement,” the company said. “If you have not been contacted but paid for a repair that you believe was related to this issue, please contact Apple.

“The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price.”

In short: iphone 6+ Issues? “you’re doing something wrong, it’s not our fault, but we can fix it for $149”

Sounds similar to the Iphone 4’s “you’re holding it wrong” fiasco.

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