With the latest Apple flagship the iPhone XS launch around the corner, it is safe to say that the iPhone 8 was the last iPhone to feature a display without a notch. The fact is, despite having launched alongside the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has contributed to a significant part of Apple’s sales. But that does not mean that the device was all that great, with recent reports stating that the devices had a manufacturing defect.
Yes, that is right. According to Apple, “a tiny percentage” of the iPhone 8 smartphone have a “manufacturing defect” that can freeze the screen, making the device to restart unexpectedly, or even worse causing it not to power on.
These affected units were sold between ‘September 2017’ and ‘March 2018’ in Australia, Hong Kong, China, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand and the US. While the company claims that it was only a small percentage of the product, the timeline comprises of full eight months which means the number could be higher than they claimed.
Well, there’s good news from Apple, it is offering a repair for it free of no extra cost! You have a few options if your phone needs a fix. You can take your phone to any authorised Apple repair centre, mail it in or to any Apple retail store. In all cases, Apple says it will get sent to another of the company’s repair facilities to get it fixed up.
The fact that Apple offered a free repair for affected units is good, it does come with a warning of its own. For starters, if there is any damage on your device like for example your screen is broken, you have to get it fixed first. Moreover, if it got fixed by Apple, it will charge you for that repair even beyond the free logic board replacement.
To check if your iPhone 8 is affected by this defect or not, go to Apple’s website and just put your phone’s serial number in this web form.