A couple days ago–and I’m sure that you’ve all heard– a video was released showing the iPhone 6 Plus bending from just the pressure of a users hand pushing on the back. Unbox Therapy heard tell of the iPhone 6 Plus slightly bending from normal use, so they put Apple’s new flagship phone to the test…
The new iPhones have an aluminum rear shell, and as you all know, aluminum bends. The problem is that since the new iPhones are so thin, so is the aluminum housing. It’s simple physics that such a thin piece is extended over a larger plane, which can compromise the stability of the iPhone’s construction.
Apple told CNBC that only 9 iPhone 6 Plus users have reported this problem, and that the media is making it out to be a larger issue than it is. Apple goes on to say that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have met and exceeded bending tests for normal use, and experiencing the problem during normal use is extremely rare…
Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. 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.
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. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple.
If you take Apple at their word, it shows another instance of the internet blowing something out of proportion. Apple sold ten million iPhone 6/Plus units in the opening weekend, and just nine owners have complained? Still though, if enough force is applied, these phones will bend, though the 6 is a lot less malleable than the 6 Plus.
Apple could always start a new ad campaign “get bent” to all those overstating an issue that seems quite rare. Also, if you sit with your iPhone in your back pocket for hours on end, how do you handle the discomfort of siting on a metal brick? Regardless, it is possible to bend the 6 Plus by applying a lot of force, or sitting on it four hours on end, so now you know.