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Old Oct 17, 2007, 01:35 PM   #1
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Unresponsive iPhone touch screens

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A friend wrote that the whole top section of his iPhone is dead. It doesn’t register any touch at all. Investigating further, it appears that some iPhone touchscreens have started failing. Symptoms begin with lack of touch response in either the top or bottom strip. The problem is being referred to as dead strip. says that Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor released a note to clients indicating that the iPhone’s “dead strip” display problem could become more widespread.

Apple bought the rights to the screen technology used in the iPhone from a Finnish firm. Finnish firm reported that usage led to the same unresponsive display problems after some time. Apparently, 3 to 6 months of “extensive use” would start to degrade the technology and cause a lose of sensitivity to touch-inputs. This suggests that the relatively new iPhone fleet in the US could start to exhibit similar problems with time.

Forum users at Apple Insider and MacRumors are complaining of a “dead strip” starting to plague some iPhones. The “dead strip” on iPhone’s multi-touch display loses sensitivity to all touch-inputs. Explains one forum user,

First the very bottom of the screen went out so I could not hit the space-bar on the keyboard, or change to the number/character screen. Then it got worse a few days later, now I cannot hit any of the main function buttons.

Anyone experiencing this? This is a huge drawback for me. I didnt know the problem existed till I read this. Link Here :
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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I was temporarily at a lost with your thread title until I read the article.

It should be Unresponsive iPhone and touch screens
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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Sorry for causing confusion. Just did a copy and paste of the article title.
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 12:03 PM   #4
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oops.. looks like its happening to my iPhone! They keyboard does not register the "P" key when i'm typing in landscape mode! And guess what I'm using a jailbroken iPhone far away from all the coutries blessed with the iPhone

So? Am I screwed? Cuz I'm guessing, even if I get apple to replace my phone, it is going to be a 1.1.3, and it will be useless to me unless jailbroken!
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 05:13 PM   #5
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Well, this sounds precisely like what's wrong with my new ipod touch.
Just arrived yesterday, gave it a 10 min charge then powered it up (while still charging).

Bottom 4 buttons couldn't be clicked - if i died trying.
Tried calculater - same thing (bottom of the screen), tried keyboard as well and same problem.

I left it into an authorised apple seller today for diagnostics. I'm told that there is damage at the dock connector (even though no physical damage present).

Could it be i'm suffering from a dead strip at the bottom of the screen????
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 08:21 PM   #6
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Probably yes.

Just check out the pic in the link. Shows the possible problem areas. Bottom row is susceptible to dead strip problem!
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Old Dec 14, 2007, 12:34 AM   #7
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Sounds like an isolated problem, or at least something akin to dead pixels on big-ass screens.

I can't imagine a report like this will help Apple's stock, especially if it turns out that there isn't a problem at all.
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Old Dec 14, 2007, 08:22 AM   #8
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This happened to my touch also. After restoring it and still getting no response, I took it in to a local Apple store. They couldn't get it to work either, so they just replaced it on the spot. I was pretty pleased with the customer service, given that this is the first Apple product I've ever owned.
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 06:33 PM   #9
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Unhappy Iphone touch screen not responding

I hope you can help me.
My husband bought me an iphone as a surprise (from the States) version 1.0.2, 1C28. We live in Saudi Arabia and he took it to be unlock, which worked perfectly well until it fell on my hands.
I'm a gadget freak and started inventing and doing anything and everything I read on the net you could do to the phone, including trying the update thing to 1.1.1 and there came the problem.
Before I knew that if you do this upgrade to a hacked iphone it will make it unusable there I was poking the poor thing and I forgot to set it to never lock too.
So now it doesn't respond to NOTHING literally, I've tried discharging and recharging, reset, both buttons, 1 button, the touch screen is completly blocked I can't even try to fix what I've done the only thing left is just flush it down the toilet.
Please help me I'm going crazy it's such a cute, addictive, amazing, lovable poking device I can't live without HIM now that I got it, Help me please.
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