Apple has announced a recall for some defective iPhone 8 devices.

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Apple Recalls 'Very Small Percentage' Of iPhones

Matt Bigler
September 12, 2018 - 8:52 am

There's a major defect in some of Apple's iPhone 8 devices, but the company may not be willing to fix it for free for everyone. 

The iPhone 8, which debuted a year ago, has a problem with its logic board that causes some phones to freeze, restart or not turn on all. 

In announcing a recall, the tech giant said that the flaw affects a "very small percentage" of phones. 

Owners can get the defective part replaced, but Apple may not fix devices with cracked screens or other signs of wear and tear until customers pay to mend that damage.

"If your phone has other defects, like a broken screen, you're going to have a little bit of trouble," said CNET Executive Editor Ian Sherr. 

"They tend to err on being on the side of trying to make sure you're going to be happy," Sherr said. "I imagine they're not going to argue too much."

Owners can check if their phone is eligible for a chip replacement here.

The flaw does not affect the iPhone 8 Plus or other models, Apple said.