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Apple iPhone 6 bends, causing a second degree burn on man's leg

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Apple iPhone 6 bends, causing a second degree burn on man's leg
Phillip Lecther was riding a pettiicab when all off a sudden, the vehicle was involved in an accident. Instead of being being ejected from the cab, the force of the accident slammed Lechter against the wall of the cabin he was riding in. This force caused the Apple iPhone 6 in Lechter's front pocket, which was nestled inside a leather case, to bend and catch on fire.

While not every bent phone will puncture the battery, in this case, it did. The subsequent fire caused a second-degree burn on Lechter's leg measuring 11.5cm x 10.5cm in size, surrounded by an area of first-degree burns. Being ensconced in a leather case didn't protect the iPhone 6 from getting bent.

It would seem that if this incident proves anything, it is that a smartphone that bends not only looks pretty bad, it also can cause serious bodily harm to the user. In defense of the iPhone 6, the force of the impact might have damaged other smartphones as well. Unfortunately, because of the previous reports detailing how easily the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bends, the first thing that comes to mind is that the build quality of the iPhone 6 was somehow responsible for what occured.


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source: Geek

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posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:47 59

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2075; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This is really bad.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:48 4

3. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


This is really bad, but as always theres more to the story we don't know about. I'm going to assume thy damaged their phone and etc.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:50 33

38. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I don't really get if Apple is involved in this kind of scenario ifans react that it's not true. True there is always 2 sides of the story but if a different OEM experience these they would just say because the build was crap. For them apple can never make a mistake.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:33 20

47. coolrx (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


He can use Bendgay to soothe his second degree burn.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:46 2

52. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


https://i.imgur.com/Ptokt2U.png

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 04:57 11

87. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


See this is now another real life usage situation. The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus are just bad design. You make an aluminum phone so thin that it absolutely needs some sort of reinforcement. The reinforcement is missing & causing those phones to bend.

The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus just came out, so this is STILL just the beginning. More & more of these stories will keep on popping up. Since Apple made millions & millions of these phones already, this problem will keep showing it's ugly face exponentially.

Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus will be built differently. I can promise you that.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:37 7

60. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


When was Apple's phone sold as being crash-resistant? Sony sells water-resistant smartphones that Sony asserts comply with a given level of water resistance. Where has Apple made a claim regarding crash resistance about their iToys? Provide a link to an apple.com site, please.

The phone bent and ruptured the battery causing a fire, but it was all based on the crash, not any inherent defect in the phone.

Latest example of click-bait from PA.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 00:58 11

72. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Well to be fair, that wasn't much of an accident that supposedly caused this. The petticab wasn't like totalled or something. Even when I got tboned and my car was written off, the phone in my pocket was fine.

Whiplash level accident that jolts or slams you really shouldn't do this. That's some non durable stuff Apple has here if this story is true. Sounds plausible enough.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:30 1

106. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2157; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


You are in a car, strapped in, with the car taking the brunt of the damage. Getting thrown about in a petticab means you have the kinetic energy of the crash and your flying body bidirectional onto a phone. A Caterpillar smartphone would have probably ruptured. Your physics comprehension is as bad as your rhetoric.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 10:16 4

120. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Actually your physics comprehension is the one lacking. Yes an object in Motion stays in motion, great job for showing off an elementary understanding. Him being in motion in the back of the car with the phone SECURELY IN HIS POCKET should NOT result in the rupture of the battery cell. It's simple, Apple could have used a stronger metal but they chose to go with a MUCH more malleable Aluminum for the sheer fact of COST. They were worried any their production cost vs sale price, PERIOD. They could have still executed the same dimension in thickness by just using a stronger metal or even a mix. They simply chose to pursue dollars over build quality.

And don't be a douche and say "well any company has to pursue dollars" it's already been shown in a tear down that the new IPhones are around 240$ per unit at cost. Which is more then enough margins

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 05:17 1

161. testerguy (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Twisted247, how dare you accuse someone of not understanding physics when your argument is that the phone was securely in his pocket?

Don't be so idiotic. If he is flying forward because the vehicle stops but he doesn't, he smashes (WITH THE PHONE) into the front of said vehicle, a massive impact which would destroy probably any phone.

You're then turning around and saying that because it was in his pocket it shouldn't happen? Please think before you type next time.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:36 2

133. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Geez you are stupid.... Lol

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:39 2

134. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Please don't talk if you lack the understanding of physics. Unless he flew perfectly straight, his arms legs or a variety of things would hit first instead of the phone in his fricking pocket. And even then there wouldn't be enough force to make your phone look like the object that was hit first.

You are a moron. Seriously.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:35 1

128. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


In all fairness, where you there and involved?

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:41 2

135. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am just going by the pictures and article. You know, the only thing we have to go by.

And no, no accident situation should cause that damage unless the iPhone was a POS.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 15:50 2

136. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wowww, so your saying no accident whatsoever should cause damage to a cell phone. Dude you just confirmed your idiot fanboy status.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 16:05 3

137. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


No accident where the phone doesnt make impact

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 20:11 2

146. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yes it's obvious. Unless it's really serious, there should be no damage to your cell phone. You know how there is never any damage to your keys, wallet, credit cards, sunglasses, etc unless the skeleton is completely crumpled.

It's called common sense. I work for ICBC and I know..

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:31 1

149. stealthd (unregistered)


Notice how none of those are electronics. . . and yeah, sunglasses would break in the same situation.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:53

150. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Doesn't matter if they are electronics or not. The casings wouldn't bend nor the credit cards. It's common sense. No sunglasses wouldn't break even if they flew into the dash, maybe if you land on them.

If you must have an example of electronic, your cheap plastic gar in wouldn't break and neither would your deck faceplate if you still had an old school deck CD player.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 08:12

163. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Or a better example would be your laptop in your laptop bag flying around your trunk with every hard brake. The padding on a laptop bag is maybe 1 inches at the post with nothing holding it down.

No chance of it breaking that situation even in an accident. So what are the chances of a cell phone in your pocket breaking when held stationary by a persons body weight? Zilch

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 05:12 3

90. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


But no other phone has ever done this and look at the 2 bend areas it's the week areas

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:35 2

107. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2157; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


You should change your name, because you are as close to an engineer as I am to making the San Francisco 49ers roster.

One, the physics involved in a crash like this are beyond the design of ANY smartphone. This goes far beyond the scope of "single point of failure." If you were any sort of engineer, you would know this.

Two, statistically speaking, the odds that this is the only time this has happened are infinitesimally small. You know why you didn't hear about it? Because this stuff happens, and it isn't news unless it is something that garners attention, like an iPhone hurting someone. Moron.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 17:54

142. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Boom goes the dynamite

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:38 1

129. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How do you know no other phone has done this? Has there been a report of every phone that was ever involved in an accident/incident? Your post was stupid. Also it's weak areas, not "week areas".

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 01:03

155. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8940; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


if the phone didn't bend so easily, maybe this wouldn't have happened. After all there are millions of car accidents every year. How many have had a phone bend and bur them? NONE until this. Stop being purposefully ignorant.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:30 3

45. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


My iPhone 6 doesn't bend or burn in my pocket. How is that happen to this person. I live here in The Philippines where the wearther is 80 degree. And I put case on my iPhone 6 and doing perfect condition and not worried anything about bend.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:51 22

53. milesboy5 (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


this guy was in a car accident...read the article

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:20 7

58. dimas (Posts: 1977; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


You're trolling right? Either you're stupid or you didn't read the article. I think every phone would be in the same situation if terrible accidents like this happen. This is history learned, and phone manufacturers will come up with better protection for users against battery burns.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:52

64. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Man, you're rich. Mahal nyan eh.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 00:51 6

70. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


mahal kita... he is immature and a patient of inferiority complex... keeping an iphone mean you are rich? thats pathetic

In my view, keeping an iphone mean you are poor mentally

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 01:04

156. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8940; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


In the Philippines a person is considered rich if they have an IPhone because it is so expensive and is considered a luxury item.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:20

165. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Really? What makes you say it a luxury item? Philippines. A lot of people have mobile phones there and you can't assume that all people who has iphone are rich. They're just buying it to show the fruit logo. It's a rather status qou that your cool if you have one.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 00:26 4

67. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And here goes @aba71983 trolling again. Read the article first. Last time I check it was the 6+ that has issue about bending.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 01:00

154. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8940; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Of course you would. Because a man who had no control over a car crashing would damage his phone on purpose. You are a moron

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:58 31

9. Jack58221 (Posts: 153; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


I was just reading this out loud and my mom pulled out her ipad air. Her tablet was bent from being in her purse even though it was in a case.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:37 8

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's a lie lol. What a coincidence, and you really think we're gonna believe that? Cmon man, get real.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:55 36

39. datguyglad (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


LoL'z typical darkkjedii response. Fanboy to the rescue..!! Of coarse it's a lie right, because it's something negative against Apple. You crack me up darkkjedii..!

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:31 6

46. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


everybody tell lie except you! Don't thing so.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:40 6

61. Jack58221 (Posts: 153; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


She went and got her tablet because I read that out... I had no idea that happened but she said the bend was a few weeks old. I know nothing about Apple. I don't know if it's made from the same material or if the fact it bent was a fluke.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 05:20

91. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeahhhhhhhhhh lol

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:43 4

62. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Unlike you; he doesn't need to lie because he is not a fanboy.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 03:12 4

80. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I just opened the box on my brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it was literally folded in half and spewing flames! :(

100% True!

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 05:25 3

93. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I love when something like this pops up, and a fandroid just happens to have a related story lol. His mom takes her tablet out, and it just happens to be bent lol, cmon man. That was funny, and these 13-15 year old fanboys gobble it up like skittles:D

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 05:28 2

94. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"Bent in her purse even though it was in a case" lol. Dude, good one bruh (I'm sipping my coffe, with my Stephen A. Smith smile). Google what that means.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 06:58 4

98. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


come on man, just read his comment without being biased toward apple. what I get from his comment is: he read this out loud then her mother showed him her ipad Air which has been bent recently in her purse. of course it didnt bent magically when he read the story. her mother knew the ipad air is bent she just wanted to show it to her son after he read this story to her.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:53

109. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sipping my coffee lol

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 07:01 2

100. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I went to a major retailer where i live the other day and an iPhone 6(not Plus) was on display as the central piece of telephony, as i checked it out from the side it appeared bent, but i thought it might just be me, moments afterwards i hear an employee scream "COME HERE COME HERE" "THE IPHONE IS BENT ALREADY". Never have i laughed so much at a store even tho the bend was so light it was barely noticeable it was there nonetheless.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:54 1

110. darkkjedii (Posts: 20094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Two more sugars please.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:59 9

11. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


in Phil Schiller's words: "Be safe out there"

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:02 5

12. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I'm going to be honest here, at that level of impact, probably any phone is going to be bent pretty badly and probably catch fire too

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:35 2

27. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


maybe some few 6inch thats it

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 00:59 1

73. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not really....

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 07:00

99. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


then you are implying no one with a phone is his pocket had been in an accident like this before :D

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 11:45

127. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I tend to agree.

Most (MOST) phones, regardless of manufacturer, would probably end up the same way...EXCEPT for a pre-Microsoft Nokia...LOL!

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:22 16

19. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Apple will be like

You are bending it wrong....!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:42 1

36. latinlegend (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


You sir are a genius. Have a cookie.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 03:20 2

83. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Wow, if that's genius then your bar is pretty low.

I'm starting to understand the intellectual capabilities of the Fandroids now... I guess it's actually cruel to try and debate anything with them, should probably just hand them a banjo...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 04:06 5

84. Exempt1 (unregistered)


It was a lame joke, but I'm pretty sure everyone who hates on Android is because the 'ui is complicated' and 'hard to understand'.... Enjoy your iPad designed by Fisher Price. I don't know how the same ui over the past 8 years has made you stick around. Do you not like change? Do you Enjoy having Apple spoon feed you the one piece of the latest technology one year at a time? I change the design of my Android every month, I even set it up differently depending on where I am and what I am doing. After seeing this years outting from Apple, people calling iOS8 the biggest release yet and calling the new iPads innovative has made me believe that there really is no way for you guys to see past Apple. They have you so locked down in their eco system that it is hilarious to watch. No wonder you think everything is amazing by them, they are two years behind in innovation, and they keep you hungry for more every year. They have you trained to salvate and eat up perfectly on time every year to whatever they show you.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 04:44 1

86. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yeah, you've presumed a lot there so let me reply...

I also think this year's offerings from Apple are pretty lame, nothing to get exited about and while I've been happy with previous iPhones I looked to change this time, sadly the only phones that appealed were the non-phablets and I checked out the Samsung Alpha and Sony Z3 compact. The Alpha lagged compared to my iPhone 5 which I thought was frankly pretty s**t for a brand new phone in the shop, not a massive amount but I'd figured times had moved on and with all those cores etc... The Sony just felt too chunky, I just didn't really like it.

So I bought the iPhone 6, it's ok, does everything I need very well - I still find it a little awkward in the hand at times but performance-wise I can't criticize it. I don't get bored of the UI because it's like my PC - I use it for what's on it, I don't look at the "desktop" all day, I use the programs on it. iOS 8 isn't great and being from the UK I won't even see many of the features really - also I haven't had many problems with it but I know it will continue to stabilize for those that do over the next couple of versions (and as Apps catch-up to spec). That's just my own preference, I don't really care about the Android vs iOS thing, they're both fine and pretty similar in many ways nowadays.

My main point was the amount of stupid trolling in this thread over a phone that was massively damaged in a CRASH, not by merely sitting with it in a pocket - it was mentioned in the first paragraph but it seems many can't even read here, just see pictures. The "iBend" and "Bending it wrong" comments are, as usual scattered throughout the thread in every other comment and if people find that funny still then they're VERY easily pleased, it's kindergarten level stuff.

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