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Apple has had previous mishaps with the iPhone in the past. Here are four of the most significant failures that have occurred over the years.
iPhone 14 OIS rattling
Apple’s most recent mistake with the iPhone occurred just last year when numerous iPhone 14 Pro devices experienced an unusual noise coming from the camera, either a rattling or grinding sound.
The camera stabilization on the Pro line had a major malfunction when using third-party apps, causing excessive shaking and a rattling noise. Thankfully, this was not due to a hardware issue and was fixed with an iOS update. However, it was a notable mistake that was overlooked during Apple’s testing process.
The Antennagate controversy was likely the most significant failure of the early iPhone. The iPhone 4, released in 2010, had a sleek design that included flat metal edges and antenna lines to help with connectivity.
The mistake made by Apple with the iPhone 4 gave rise to the popular ‘you’re holding it wrong’ meme.
Regrettably, the positioning of the antenna lines caused them to be blocked by your hand, leading to a significant decrease in cellular reception and dropped calls. Apple absurdly claimed that customers were holding the phone incorrectly. Eventually, they provided a free bumper case accessory to iPhone 4 users in order to address the problem.
Throttling old iPhones
Our devices can get slower over time, although there are a few tips to speed up an aging phone. This slowdown usually isn’t a deliberate move on the part of manufacturers, but Apple was indeed deliberately slowing down its older iPhones.
In late 2017, users of older iPhones such as the iPhone 6 and 6s noticed lower benchmark scores. This revealed that Apple was intentionally slowing down these models, which was later found to be a way to address problems caused by aging batteries. These issues included device shutdowns when the phone was under a heavy workload.
The issue of slowing down iPhones was a concern, and doing so without notifying users was even more problematic.
It was a significant issue that Apple intentionally slowed down iPhones, but some could argue that the lack of transparency with users was an even greater concern. As a response, the Cupertino company released an iPhone update that provided battery health information and offered a $50 discount for battery replacements.
In 2014, Apple released the iPhone 6 series, which included the first Plus device. However, these iPhones were met with controversy due to the Bendgate scandal.
External bending examinations demonstrated that the iPhone 6 line was significantly more prone to bending than previous models. Furthermore, this issue resulted in tangible effects as users reported their phones bending while the iPhone 16 Plus was in their pockets and they sat or bent.
According to internal documents from Apple, the iPhone 6 series had a higher chance of bending than the iPhone 5S. However, the company did not disclose this information to consumers. The iPhone 6S (pictured above) has since addressed this problem.