After having laid to rest issues of #bendgate and any doubts that the iPhone 6 Plus cannot handle the stress of daily life, Apple went on record to detail how it stress-tests the iPhone to ensure that it could stand up to normal use and wear and tear. Speaking to the Nathan Olivarez-Giles from the Wall Street Journal, Apple says that it performs five stress tests on the iPhone 6 Plus to ensure that it can handle your skinny jeans.
"We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use," Apple said in a statement.
Here are the five tests that Apple puts its phones through:
Three-point bending: Apple's tests place pressure on iPhones in varying degrees to make sure they can handle "reasonable" force in various situations.
Pressure-point cycling: The pressure-point cycling tests place "substantial" force across an iPhone's display and encasing, while it is held along its edges, to ensure that an iPhone can be bent and pushed many times over during its lifespan. Apple runs this test hundreds of times to ensure durability.
Torsion testing: Apple clamps down an iPhone at both ends and twists the handset about 8,000 times. The company does this to make sure its devices can handle twists and torque in various situations, such as sitting on an iPhone unevenly.
Sit tests: A single phone is placed into simulations reflecting real-life scenarios, such as being in the back pocket of tight jeans. Phones are sat on, against a hard surface, thousands of times and in multiple positions in a pocket. Sit tests cover both orientations of the glass screen—facing out and facing in.
Real-life user studies: Another part of testing involves real humans, hundreds of company employees live with and use the phones in various situations to test for both durability and performance. Employees who have the highest usage rates on their phones are selected to take part, and Apple methodically checks the phones for any issues as they're being used.
Apple isn't the only smartphone-maker to stress-test its phones for durability and reliability. Similar testing is performed by other vendors as well.
"With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus," Apple says of the heavily blown out of proportion #bendgate reports.
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