Design flaw causes iPhone 6 Plus to bend? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

24 Sep 2014 - Article No: 1882. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are spreading like wildfire across the Internet that the latest iPhone 6 Plus is susceptible to bending after several complaints and images emerged on social media.

Many have claimed that the phone bends after spending a significant amount of time in a user’s pocket.

Quickly dubbed #BendGate on Twitter, there has been much speculation to just how accurate the claims are, given that many of the bent iPhone 6 pictures appearing online had been digitally altered.

The answer seems to have been answered largely by technology vlogger Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy who managed to bend the iPhone 6 significantly when placing pressure (with his hands) on the centre of the phone and edges. (the experiment can be seen below) The significant bend appeared at the point where the button cut-outs appears on the case. A later video revealed that the screen cracked when trying to “unbend” the phone.

A later video shows Unbox Therapy trying the same experiment on a different phone – the Galaxy Note 3 – which did not bend or break the phone.

Unbox Therapy concluded that the phone could potentially break when placed in a pocket, especially a back pocket which could expose the phone to pressure when sat on.

Whilst it doesn’t appear that the phone can be easily broken or damaged, the iPhone 6 does appear more susceptible to bending than previous releases and competitors, which many claim is down to the larger surface area and thinner design. We recommend users avoid sitting on their phones and purchasing a case for them to go in.

Note that many of the photos and videos purporting to show bent phones have been digitally altered.

Currently there is no word from Apple regarding the issue.

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