Rumor: Serious issue with 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus model prompts Apple to stop using TLC NAND flash

Rumor: Serious issue with 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus model prompts Apple to stop using TLC NAND flash
A couple of weeks ago, we heard about a serious issue plaguing iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB owners – for unknown reasons, those handsets would just freeze up on their owners, or, even worse, enter a boot loop. Flash forward to a few days ago and we started hearing rumors that the culprit may be the TLC NAND flash memory, which is predominantly used in Apple's 128 GB toting phablets.

Today, a rumor, coming from “industry sources”, claims that Apple has, indeed, put its finger on the defect and it truly is the TLC memory. There have also been reports about 64 GB iPhone 6 models suffering from the same problem, which falls in line with industry insiders' claims that some 64 GB iPhone 6 units were also fitted with TLC.

We have no information on how much Apple's engineers worked on figuring out a fix the problem, but the leaksters claim that, ultimately, a final decision to stop using TLC NAND has been made and now all iPhone models will be fitted with MLC NAND instead.

Great news for future iPhone 6 owners, but what about those currently affected? Reportedly, there will be no recall; instead, Apple will try to patch things up on the software side as much as it can, with iOS 8.1.1. How effective this will prove to be remains to be seen.

Of course, we don't really expect Cupertinians to come out with an official announcement on hardware matters, so rumors and speculations is all we have until users are able to confirm whether the bug has been dealt with.

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1810 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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118 Comments

114. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Rushed launch. The 6 plus obviously needed to be developed more before release. #bendgate #freezegate

112. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

I wonder where Mxy is to tell everyone that "this is overblown"?

108. dimas

Posts: 3468; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Can PA do an article about phone costing breakdowns for all 2014 flagship device and the type of manufacturers for each component that they use? I know this is too much to ask but my geeky side just wanted to know if somebody's ripping off somebody.

105. nateatlarge

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

My iPhone 6 had boot loop issue. I was able to fix it by doing a Apple recovery and reinstallation of the IOS 8.1. Then a day later it started restarting. So I went to the Apple store and they replaced my iPhone 6

104. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

100 billion liquid cash and no recall? Lol how do people support these guys without punching themselves in the face. Lol

100. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Well we can't honestly ask such a company to stand behind it's products by recalling defectives devices, it'd break them...er wait. Good grief, they are going to leave the dirty models on market to cause confusion for second buyers too, wtg Apple. It was never about the user, but the profit to made from them period. lol Myx

93. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So many issues with a high end device. Can it get any worse?

90. gunnor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

As with everything you send out flawless parts for testing.TRUST ME , I used to work in mfg for a multinational company and when we sent stuff out for "first off QC " We had to make sure everything was perfect. Then after it gets approved we didn't give a crap.

88. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I totally agree. I used to own 4 iPods and I absolutely hated iTunes. Worse software ever. Every other day there was an update that really didn't fix anything. It took forever for Apple to realize that families owned more than one iPod or more than one computer. iTunes would try and delete music off of the other iPods when "syncing" them. I got tired of that real quick. My kids and I eventually started using our non-Apple smartphones for music. However, my wife used her iPod for a few more years, so I was stuck dealing with that joke of a program and all of its issues. When my wife finally was brave enough to get a (non-Apple) smartphone with microSD support, I wiped iTunes completely from computers. I haven't looked back. We use 7digital and Amazon to purchase our music, then we just drag and drop the music on our phones. So much easier. Also, both Windows and Linux file mangers rip CDs with the album covers easily. Only people who like pain use iTunes (or any Apple products).

83. FAKEPERSONA unregistered

Recently, my laptop hard-disk gave up due to bad sectors. Which software can fix that hdd? Answer= None, it needs to be replaced

75. Singrei

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

ok...

74. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

This is obvious an Android plot to make iFruit 6+ look bad. After all, it IS an iFruit phone and we all know that ALL iFruit phones are PERFECT. Must just be an early April Fools joke.

79. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What's an iFruit phone ? Is it like a Goophone that tries to take the look and feel of an iOS device and COPY it with a cheap ANDROID phone ?

73. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Having TLC flash in the phone is a testament to the utter and complete corruption of product quality -- due to having Tim Cook as a CEO. When an accountant makes decisions, you end up with low quality bargain basement flash. The customer ends up screwed, every single time.

101. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then why don't you log off, catch a fly to Cupertino, demand a face to face, and remove him from his position. My guess is, he'd kick your a$$.

106. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol... because I don't live in a video game fantasy world or think life works like a video game.

110. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Actually, yes you do. Look at your posts, your issues with Apple border on insanity, cuz you do nothing but nag on PA.

111. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol... "my issues with Apple"... like wanting them to deliver more value for the money... a sentiment which is shared by hundreds of millions of people. It's funny how the kool aid drinkers always think it's not them that are insane... but those other people leading normal lives. You know, those everyday people who don't camp in tents waiting for the yearly iRapture.

72. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Mine works fine. My battery lasts FOREVER on the 6+. All this Apple and iPhone hate amounts to nothing. #androidassurance

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All in all, it's a very capable dependable device.

64. eusdeus

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 07, 2014

This is just a rumor.

61. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Don't know this affects ip6 128 so far I don't have any problems! My storage is ~20gb left

70. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man, what he heck do you have on your phone lol? I have a 64 gig, with about 33.4 gigs left. 2400 pics, 194 vids, 500 songs and about 55 apps at the moment.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If this is indeed the issue, and they're fixing it, then kudos to them. Now, the need to offer replacements to all who bought the units with that cheap parts.

50. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

OK . for those who are first on the line to buy a phone. u lost a few days in your life to get a defective device, Apple never test iphones because that's what those on line are for, to test a half baked iphone. Best product from apple? Ipad. I use a android phone and a ipad. so no need to call me fandroid

29. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

meh, i would take a bent 6 plus with 128gb over ANY android, stil less buggy, better, and faster! :)

31. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Unmatured OS, with a ripoff price to pay. Restricted and featureless. What good would that be?

35. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sir-Lancelot.....didn't I just defeat you in Rival Knights???

40. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

" Vape-Sir " " Like-A-Sir " Not in reality, you didn't.

38. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

iOS is simply a better and more refined OS, with better exclusives (timed or otherwise) in the store, smoother, faster and receives updates timely across all idevices. Unless you're a super geek that just HAS to tinker with the inner workings of the software that runs your phone, or for some reason you just HATE iTunes, then there really is no alternative...Relax bro, don't hate..

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