iPhone 6: The phone that bends

Watch out – the new iPhone 6 can come with an unexpected design flaw

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem: the iPhone 6 bends. Claims of the excessively flexible phone have been reported across numerous tech blogs and mainstream media. Apple addicts aren’t pleased, and so far, the company hasn’t said a thing.

So what’s causing the beloved iPhone 6 to be bent out of shape? Trouser pockets. For those shoving their phones into their pockets and going about the day, that’s what’s causing the phones to become warped. Apple is marketing the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus as the thinnest smartphones it’s released — both models are less than 0.3 in. thick — so there’s only so much the phones can physically handle. Because they’re both made of machined aluminum, they possess the quality of ductility, making them pliable but not breakable.


Bent iPhone 6. Image via CNET.

Out of the millions of units already sold, only a handful of them have been reported to be bent, but that doesn’t mean the issue is something Apple should ignore. According to BBC, an analyst from the telecoms consultancy CSS Insight, Jasdeep Badyal, said the company should acknowledge the situation, and even if it was a minor risk of damage, the firm should still issue a statement to make this clear.

For people like the principal technology analyst at the advisory service Davies Murphy, Chris Green, there’s a different route Apple should take. He believes the issue isn’t one that Apple needs to respond to or fix, and that the problem is a reflection of how people are using their devices beyond what they were designed for.


Image via CNET.

But it appears Apple isn’t the only one. According to the Cult of Mac news site, owners of Samsung, Blackberry, and other handsets have also reported bent devices. So why is there an unusual amount of attention directed toward the new iPhones? Most are finding the center of the issue to be how quickly the phones are showing signs of damage, especially when they haven’t been dropped or abused.

Although the new iPhones have been declared more durable than their predecessors, no “bendability” tests were conducted.

If you’re one of the many who patiently waited for the release of Apple’s newest phones, here are a few ways you can deal with the reported issue:

  • Don’t put your iPhone in your back pocket
  • Keep your iPhone in a shirt or coat pocket
  • Make sure your iPhone stays upright

Have you been a victim of a bent iPhone 6? Have any tips or thoughts? Let us know — leave a comment below.

Story via BBC.

Written for Electronic Products.

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