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More worrying evidence of the iPhone 6 Plus' fragility: see it easily getting bent on video

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More worrying evidence of the iPhone 6 Plus' fragility: see it easily getting bent on video
Several hours ago, we told you that a few iPhone 6 Plus owners discovered that their devices had suffered slight deformation from normal usage (i.e., just sitting inside a front pocket). Are these isolated cases, or is Apple’s new and huge iPhone a bit too fragile? Well, it seems that the latter is - unfortunately - the case.

The guys from YouTube channel Unbox Therapy tested just how much pressure the iPhone 6 Plus can take - using bare hands. As you’ll see in the video below, the device can be quite easily bent. Unlike LG’s G Flex, which is literally flexible, the iPhone 6 Plus obviously can’t regain its initial shape by itself. Sure enough, no sane person will try to bend his or her phone (regardless of its maker) like that. Still, this represents worrying evidence that the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t as solid as it should have been.

As you may know, the iPhone 6 Plus is made out of aluminum, and is Apple’s largest smartphone ever, measuring 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm). It’s also Apple’s heaviest iPhone: 6.07 ounces (172 grams).

We’re looking forward to seeing what Apple has to say about this problem - which has the potential to bother many current (or future) iPhone 6 Plus users.

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posted on 23 Sep 2014, 17:26 9

1. JohnnyB2020 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


My phone bent Apple

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:30 10

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


Magic 8-Ball says case manufacturers will sell a bunch of cases for the plus-sized iToy.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:42 30

59. HildyJ (Posts: 292; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Coming this holiday season from Apple - iJeans with a steel reinforced pouch for your new iPhone.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:32

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


Maybe not from Apple, but almost certainly from some enterprising entrepreneur. I wonder if iJeans has been reserved as a trademark by Apple? If not….

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 02:10

208. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Flexible iPhone.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 04:11

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


silly thats a new innovative feature from apple... bendable iphone, so you will not get bored with same old shape ;)
apple care about its customers

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 19:17

284. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 415; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I'm sure there will be some company that will capitalize in this, in one way or another.

Or, people could just wise up and put a friggin case on their 6+ before putting it in their skinny jeans.

Glad I own a G2.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 00:40

191. the_matchless (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Lol Good One

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 17:25

257. deewinc (Posts: 231; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How about an iRoller for $550 to straighten your iphone?
http://www.perumana.com/.../1632_wooden_roller-500x500.jpg

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:02 15

131. cheetah2k (Posts: 1507; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Apple says, You're holding it wrong! :p

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:43 1

143. Finalflash (Posts: 2779; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, its made of "premium" materials. The nerve of some instigating that the infallible apple could be in the wrong.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 23:51 2

176. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Or they will issue the list of official iJeans you have to wear for your iPhone 6 Plus.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 02:21 1

210. KParks23 (Posts: 583; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


If they come out with a statement "your carrying it wrong" imma ROTFL! The guys iphone in the video actually broke in his follow up vid

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 10:31 1

244. jack123 (Posts: 186; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Really, we should appreciate apple for making iBend technology for new iPhone 6+, it's an extra feature that represent on iphone 6+ over iphone 6. By the way not most phones that can bent and usable like that right? If anybody try to bend their phone, I wonder what the result it would be? bent or break into half?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 07:45

282. TMach (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Nothing a little blue pill wouldn't fix! Apple working on embedding some powdered Viagra into the thin aluminium frame......!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:48 21

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


Look how the Galaxy Note 3 fared:
http://youtu.be/FwM4ypi3at0

Sums up a lot about the iPhone 6+ build quality....

Apple should learn their lessons and increase the phone's thickness next time.....

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 19:47 9

95. tuminatr (Posts: 766; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I have a Note 3 had a Note 2 before that, I carry my phone in my front pocket and have never had an issue. The Note series is very durable

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:36 2

119. kurtdean99 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Use your brains. Does note 3 is that thin as Iphone 6?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:57 25

129. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


And the thinness has something to do with bendability? Use your brain!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:02 29

150. tuminatr (Posts: 766; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I did use my brain thats why I have a Samsung not and Apple

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 02:30 2

211. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Hahahahhahahahaha awsome replyy broo

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 09:49 1

241. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Excellent reply broo.. Lolzzzz :P Hahahahaaaa Good1 +1..:D

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 00:25 5

187. xfire99 (Posts: 794; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Who wants a thin phone that bends? Sony Z Ultra is 6,5mm and 6,4" big and doesnt bend.
Use u iBrain now.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 02:05

203. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


what about z1 .have a look .
http://www.gizmobolt.com/2013/11/17/xperia-z1-screen-and-body-bent-appears/

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 05:46

231. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


true, and it's plastic which is flexible :p the front glass is also much more flexible compared to metal

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:49 4

126. nothingmuch (Posts: 189; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Yeah the Note 3 flexes! I bend it all the time when I go to remove my UAG case... tough 'lil sh*?

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 05:15

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


so the plastic is more durable than metal

posted on 25 Sep 2014, 09:57

278. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


its not entirely about thickness, they could just use a different material

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:13 8

106. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


to bad Steve Jobs isn't around to fire half of apple for this.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 19:09

263. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Yeah. It's also "too bad" he isn't around to tell all the people who bought that.....thing....how it's their fault it broke.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:03 13

132. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


It's a feature, not a defect.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:10 1

133. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGxlm82hWDM

And with the easily crackable screen you now have the "best iPhone ever".

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:52 2

146. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


In soviet Russia, phone bends you!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:31 12

157. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3266; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


premium built my ass

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 09:52 1

242. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Lolzz Superb.. My A$$ tooo :D

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 06:12

232. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Bend it like Beckham!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 17:27

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


With most devices if you sit on the phone you're either going to crack it, cracked the screen, or been the phone. Just be careful with your device and all will be okay.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 17:30 46

5. techperson211 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


You have a point dark but for a thousand dollar device maybe they should include durability for accidental sits on their devices. Just saying.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 17:57 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're exactly right tech, but since they didn't people should simply take better care of their device. I know I am, my device goes on my hip in a case on my belt buckle

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 19:18 18

80. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


But this isnt just a matter of 'taking care of it' jedii, this shows its weakness to pressure. I dont think its having problems due to people 'bending' it, but the HEAT weakening the actual frame so that it cant stand to standard pressure over time.

Basically, its slightly melting, and then bent while in pockets, then hardening. If this is true, it can prove to be disastrous for a large amount of users who aren't aware OR responsible enough....Apple needs to get on top of this quickly before its too late.

We have to remember, a lot of average users love the design of their phones, this can strike them where it hurts most.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:42 3

123. tedkord (Posts: 10291; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The melting point of aluminum is over 1200 deg. F. The user would get 3rd degree burns long before the phone heated up enough to start melting.

It's just thin aluminum.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:13 1

155. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


But heat weakens the stability of bendable metal. Like a noodle, put it in water, it will bend and twist over time. Put it in boiling water, goes much faster. Same goes with this. I believe the design choice for the 6 is whats really causing the problem, it doesnt look as solid or stronger but more of one giant piece with a removable screen. With how thin it is, its bound to begin to weaken over a long period of time and usage or even being smooshed against someones big butt for a long period of time, all it needs to do is put into a 'bad position' for a period of time and slowly..but surely..the constant pressure or even spiking, mixed with a slowly rising heat will result in, well..that!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:44

162. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3266; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


your right and wrong at the same time, when i melt steel and other metals at work thats one thing but you put 100 degrees to 110 on a light aluminum body phone with no heat dissipation it will bend real easy take a hair drier or heat gun for 20 seconds and you will bend it like Beckham

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 09:57

243. tedkord (Posts: 10291; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's not melting.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:06 2

152. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


:/ Im really starting to wonder why when I make a good point, jedii or some of the other apple people mysteriously disappear or ignore it. Is this a pick your battles kind of thing or they just wanna avoid the aftermath of OMG!! IWHATEVERINSULTPEOPLECANTHINKOF that comes from it. Personally, I think the 'i-insult' stuff is getting kinda bland...

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 19:26 3

83. c.sonnen (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


Then watch the note 3 bend test..

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 19:36 1

88. magnum44 (unregistered)


You forgot to add link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwM4ypi3at0

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:20 2

110. Sakeem (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Darkk...no good bro. A device as expensive as this should not have this issue. Plus, maybe people prefer to have phones in their pockets instead of on their belt buckle. I know i do. I feel safer with my phone in my pocket.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 19:12

264. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're right, it shouldn't, but it does. What to do?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:49 3

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


So your saying that it's the peoples fault that their phones are bending.?? That's nice that you take care of your phone and keep it in a case on your hip, but from the reaction I get from iPhone owners, they don't like to put cases on their iPhone because it will take away from the thinness and looks of the phone. Apple should have been aware that some owners don't like to put their phones in cases and make sure that it could handle some rough and tumble incidents, especially with a the simple test of someone with their phone in their pocket..? Like what tech said, your not talking about a $400 phone. These phones retail for $800+..!! @darkkjedii

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 19:15

265. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Regardless of the price bro, take care of your device. Aluminum bends, and apple shoulda reenforced it, that's their bad no doubt. I'll be taking care of mine like always, so when I sell it, it's worth top resale dollars. Feel me?

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 19:52

269. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)


So which is it? Apple should've done some QA or people need to take better care of their toy? Because you just said both, and one statement contradicts (big word, I know, ask SIRI or a literate adult for help) the other.
So you know, a typical Jedi fanboy spin post that has absolutely zero substance, worth, or validity.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 20:02

270. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


:/ Im not gonna sit here and say 'OMG APPLE SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING' but seriously...I think a LOT of phone manufactures arent squeaky clean either.

Samsung used to have a lot of 'heating' problems with their batteries. Some nokia devices used to have really sucky pieces in them. LG tried to stick an nvidia core in the G2X and that thing nearly killed that phone (proper testing next time guys), so on and so on.

Sure, this is a PRETTY BAD THING, I have to say, its head scratching that no one figured this out beforehand....but everyones had their share of mistakes...

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:01 5

130. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


a belt buckle case? Is this the year 2000 all of a sudden?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:13

136. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


it happens even if you have the case on it. the bend is the same on every iphone this happens to due to heat exposure. the phone itself causes the bend not your pocket.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 17:58 12

33. UglyFrank (Posts: 1583; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They wish they had the "cheap" plastic now

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:09 14

40. VHMP01 (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Yes "cheap" 'more expensive than aluminum' bendable plastic!

Also from the 'Article' itself: "We’re looking forward to seeing what Apple has to say about this problem"... Apple will 'Magically say: "You are 'bending' it wrong!"...

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:44 1

61. pego99 (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


When the Note 4 comes out next week it will bend just by looking at it wrong.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 20:44 4

124. tedkord (Posts: 10291; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Like the Note 3 did?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=FwM4ypi3at0

Umm...not so much.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 01:35 1

201. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Samsung conducts serious durability tests. In iFan dreams .

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