Houston, we have a culprit: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus OIS and NFC issues due to case and accessory magnets

Houston, we have a culprit: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus OIS and NFC issues due to case and accessory magnets
Remember the alleged OIS-gate with the iPhone 6 Plus? Or the quirky NFC drama surrounding the iPhone 6? These issues have intermittently popped up in the last few weeks via user complaints on various forums, and some were quick to attribute those to the brand new and untested by time design of the two handsets, which are Apple's first foray into phones with larger displays.

The culprit, however, might be outside of the new iPhones chassis, but still wrapped around it. It turns out that Apple has updated its support documents before the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to reflect on possible interference issues stemming from metal and magnetic components in third-party cases and other accessories for the two phones.

As per "sources familiar with Appleā€™s MFi licensing program," the company has started quietly warning accessory makers to avoid certain metal and magnet parts usage and layout in their creations, as those have the potential to interfere with the sensitive suspension mechanism of the iPhone 6 Plus OIS system. The NFC chip also takes a hit from those, it seems, which would explain the random complaints about the two systems behaving erratically at times on both phones. Long story short, if you have experienced some of these issues, take a long and hard look at your wrapper of choice, and see if it replicates without it, before you take your new iPhone to the shop for repair or replacement.


source: 9to5Mac

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. nodnarb

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

why would you put magnetic materials in a phone case to begin with...smh

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have no clue. Maybe they use it to hold a stand (Similar to a picture frame) close the the case body when not in use. The 6 Plus is large enough to have a case that might have something along those lines. Still though my Moto Skip is a magnet with NFC on it and it works without issue so I wonder how accurate this is.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4050; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's those flip cover ones, the magnets tell the phone to shut the display down when the cover is closed (plus a better close).

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

just to make it look more horrible looking. i have a lot of people asking for a SELFIE arm holder and I never heard of that before.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

hmm... never even heard of this issue. Maybe it's an issue of the case.... have there ever been any reports of something like this happening on another platform?

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4050; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, this issue is fairly real and well known. NFC does not work through metal and usually an antennae has to be routed to the outside of the phone for it to work in a metal body. If you put a metal case on it, there is no chance of it working and in Apple's case (pun intended) it has more chances of being interfered with because the antennae curve to the edges of the phone and then towards the front.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... very interesting. I suppose that makes perfect sense. Thank you.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

AKA another reason why tin is not a premium choice for phones no matter how many reviews and PR people tell you.

7. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

This issue was also present with the Nexus 5 and a particular lens, weird that they still don't know what's causing this.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Really, which case? I've two N5, one has LG flip case other has molded, no interference witnessed at all. Link please?

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3040; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're putting the phone in the case wrong! Laces out Dan! In all seriousness, someone at Apple is asleep at the wheel. Many BlackBerry OS7 devices had NFC and EVERY single BlackBerry-branded case had magnets because it worked in conjunction with the in and out-of-holster settings. I don't remember having any issues with my old 9900 or 9810.

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