Chinese watch group claims iPhone 6 has a bricking problem

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Apple is being called on by the China Consumers Association (CCA) to investigate a “considerable number” of reports by users who claim their iPhone 6’s are spontaneously and permanently shutting down.

According to a statement reported by Reuters, iPhones 6 and 6s (remember those?) are automatically switching off despite battery levels of 50 to 60 percent, even in environments at room temperatures or lower. After the unexpected powering down, users report their phones won’t start back up again no matter how much they try to recharge. That shouldn’t be happening.

The CCA says that, “In view that Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series cellphones in China have a considerable number of users, and the number of people who’ve reported this problem is rather many, China Consumer Association has already made a query with Apple.”

This has been a rough few months for the stability of new cellphone models. In September, Samsung initiated a global recall of some 2.5 million of their vaunted Note 7 phones because they, well, started spontaneously blowing up.

Thankfully, the new iPhones don’t seem to be a fire hazard, but it seems the constant churn to put out new and improved devices may be resulting in oversights for key areas of safety and quality control.