Apple quietly announced the launch of a free repair program for the iPhone 8 logic boards this afternoon, revealing that a “very small percentage” of units need replacement logic boards due to a manufacturing defect.
The “logic board” is the main circuit board consisting of the central processing unit (CPU), main system memory and circuitry that controls the disk drive, keyboard, monitor, and peripherals.
The defect does not affect the iPhone X or the iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple says the affected units include only those sold between September 2017 and March 2018. “Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 8 devices contain ‘logic boards’ with a manufacturing defect.
Affected iPhone 8 logic boards were sold in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand and the US, and if your iPhone 8 has an eligible serial number, Apple will repair it free of charge,” the iPhone maker wrote in a post on the website on Friday.
You can input your iPhone’s serial number into Apple’s repair page to see if you’re unit is eligible. The free programme covers iPhone 8 units sold up to three years after the first retail sale of the device in September 2017.
The company recommends that before submitting the device users should fix their hardware like broken screens, as well as update iCloud and iTunes, as the programme does not cover these.
“Your iPhone will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this programme,” the post added.
The Cupertino, California based company also stated that this programme does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the iPhone 8.
Those affected have three options: going through a third-party specialist authorized by Apple; contacting Apple Support to do a mail-in repair; or making an appointment at an Apple Store to drop the device off.