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NAND Memory Causing Random iPhone 6 Shutdowns

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 19, 2014.

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A monster seller and worldwide record crusher the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be, but the devices have not been without their fair share of problems, and it seems that have another. Some owners of the handsets with storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB are complaining that random crashes and reboots are occurring when the device is housing a large amount of apps. The issue is also being reported by iPad users with the same internal storage configuration.

It seems the issue stems from Apple cutting a little corner in the manufacturing of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, an oddity for a company usually obsessed with attention to detail. Either way, it seems the type of NAND memory selected for the new iOS products is causing the problem, with Cupertino using triple cell (TLC) NAND memory as opposed to multi-level cell (MLC). The company is now reportedly set to move to the latter for future production runs.

Benchmarks run by KBench show that the MLC module works more efficiently in the iPhone 6 compared to TLC. So, if Apple makes the switch that covers any potential iPhone 6 buyers, but what about those have already bought one? Do they now have to live with a randomly crashing device? It seems silly for Apple to overlooked this just in the name of saving some money (TLC NAND is less expensive than multi-level cell NAND).

We would love to know if you are having this issue with your iPhone 6 or iPad. We assume that this is not a problem for everyone, but it would be interesting to see how persistent the issue is for those experiencing it.

source: KBench

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