Bending the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is easy if you know where to press

Bending the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is easy if you know where to press
Last night, we showed you a video from Consumer Reports that discussed the #Bendgate issue. The not-for-profit magazine ran some tests to discover how much pressure it would take to bend a number of high-end phones. And while the video showed that it would take 90 pounds of pressure to bend the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, another video showed Unbox Therapy's Lewis Hilsenteger bending the phablet like it was a stick of butter. Unlike his first video, which he admitted was edited for photographic reasons, Hilsenteger did the new test in front of a live audience standing in Toronto.

Obviously, there is a trick to bending the iPhone Plus 6, and that is to understand where the handset is structurally weak. Using a picture from the iFixit teardown of the phablet, one person claims that he can see the problem. The placement of a metal insert meant to reinforce the area around the rocker buttons, is too close to the button cutouts. This prevents the bar from being effective. A picture from the Unbox Therapy video shows that Hilsenteger applied four points of pressure. And instead of being centered, his thumbs are closer to the side of the phone with the cutouts.

A CNBC video showing how Apple tests the phone, shows just three points of pressure applied, with the fulcrum in the center of the device. Apple only put 50 pounds of force on the handset, 40 pounds less than the amount Consumer Report used to get the iPhone 6 Plus to bend. But as Lewis Hilsenteger has proven, one can bend the Apple iPhone 6 Plus applying a lot less pressure than that. All you need to know is the secret. 

As a postscript to the story, a Reuters reporter happened to walk into the Apple Store in Stratford, England on Saturday, and lo and behold, saw a bent Apple iPhone 6. On his Google+ page, he noted that he took pictures of the bent handset using his "perfectly straight Galaxy Note 3."


source: Forbes, Google+

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  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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107 Comments

1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Well... How about "How pant pockets easily bent the iPhone 6 Plus" ? I wouldn't give the credit to Hilsenteger, you know. Pants found the weak spot before he did.

4. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

People will always complain about things they dont understand. Lewis made a video to inform the buyers of iPhone 6 plus, if you arent one, you dont need to worry about it. Stop blaming the guy for informing about a major weakness in phone.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's not for the sake of making a hype about bending. The issue here is the so called quality build that Apple said to its customer . This is a thousand dollar device that people buy and use it daily and having this issue is not acceptable. I don't get it why ifans are so mad at being criticize whereas samsung lg Sony and other OEM are ok with that. This criticism is what should drive company to focus on improving their products.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The problem is not does it have a weak point, it's how easy it bends with normal use. Remember this whole thing started with someone saying the phone bent in their front pockets, not this dude videos. Owning a six plus, I know this thing will not bend under normal use. If you bent it, you either did it on purpose or you sat on it in your back pocket.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't going to bend on the first week. Some people probably ended up putting pressure on it at the wrong place earlier than you hence, the current crisis. When it happens to you, and it will, I hope Apple is as loyal to you as you are to them (same goes for all iFans).

69. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's not going to bend at all unless I did something stupid. Heck, iPads, iPad minis and iPods are a similar build and thinness to this phone. They would be bending in back packs, pockets, etc if the build and materials were a problem. If millions of people start reporting that there phone is bending, then Apple has a problem. Until then, it's a non issue.

72. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Ive never heard of an iPad mini or an ipod getting bent. only iPhones. All they had to do was make a sturdy, fit in your palm phone and everyone would be happy about paying $1000 for it. but they didn't. so there's the issue

87. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Magic 8-Ball says that next year's S edition of the iToys has reinforcing in the place near the rocker buttons where the current chassis weakest.

27. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Well, it DID bend under normal use... That's what happened for the first people who reported the problem. It all depends on the user's physical build and the size and shape of their pocket. Chances are it'll happen to everyone who wear it in their front jeans pocket and have more than one pair of trousers...

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet one of the first people to mention a bend iPhone 6+ was keeping it in his front pockets in loose pants and sat down. Not his backpockets, not tight jeans. I consider that normal use.http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/23/iphone-6-plus-bending-pockets/

45. AlikMalix unregistered

Rebel I respect your opinions, but do you think that people are reporting front pockets in order to convince Apple that it was defective to downplay their negligence they didnt sit on it by mistake, and now hoping for a free replacement under warranty. I mean there was a video showing that it takes just as much force to bend HTC One as much as iPhone 6+ (I think it's may be paid/or quick damage control) but it could really be a real test from Consumer Reports which I doubt they have a certain bias given their reputation.... Who do you believe, some kid who found a way to make money on youtube and now milking it or consumer reports that say it takes just as much force for other phones which there was no news for bend/break problems. I just think that Apple is underfire specifically because there are far more users using the same device than other manufacturers - so percentage wise is similar but numbers total is much higher perspectively.

48. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The thing is it takes the same amount of pressure to bend both phones when applied at a SPECIFIC point. Daily use isn't going to wear out just the centre, it's going to look for the weakest spot and there you got a bent phone in a couple of months. And all Lewis (the iPhone bender) is trying to do is tell Apple this is indeed a problem rather than Apple covering it up and saying its only a couple of users (FOR NOW). The real reports will come in after a couple of months when daily routines bend their phones at its weakest spot

88. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You make a valid point about the Consumer Reports test - they probably need to re-test with the pressure applied at what appears to be the weakest point of the chassis (edge by the rocker button cut-outs).

49. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I read the story on a mac forum and he hasn't said a word on returning the phone to Apple, but he could be lying of course. Also the story mentioned, was before it went viral due to Unbox therapy, it was one of the reasons Unbox did an item in the first place. I do think the entire thing is blown out of proportions, doesn't mean though we have to neglect there is the possibility they might bend under normal circumstances. In the second video of unbox therapy, knowing where to bend, it looks a lot easier than the first one. And the stories mentioned could have been pure bad luck that it had force on the iPhone on that point. 5.5" of phone in your front pocket is still a big piece of metal slab running a long your leg. I can't imagine it is comfortable to sit like this, especially in the car. As to believing a man on youtube (hardly a kid) or consumer reports, I believe both actually. The consumer reports tests are done in the centre of the phone where it could be stronger. Whereas the youtuber uses force on a specific spot. As to Apple being under fire, that's only natural. Apple gets a lot more media attention than any other brand (even outside the smartdevice world). On the 6 o'clock news on Dutch television, they mentioned Apple announcing the new phone, the watch and a small item on healthkit. You don't see that with any other brand. So it's normal these stories are newsworthy as well. Tall trees catch much wind

52. AlikMalix unregistered

Love your posts, bro... Mine are more biased, but you're right on... The only thing is if there's a weak point in the item, and you press in the middle, it will still bend at that weak point first, maybe slightly more load but only a tiny bit if any is necessary... But both are true, what I meant was how easy it is to bend - kid's test shows really blood filled fingers when bending, consumer reports shows 50lb (same as some other phones)... I will agree Note 3 is stronger - proven by both tests...

56. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Note 3 is also a bit thicker and made out of other materials, which go back to their original state (in most cases). It's a choice you make. I hardly think people would make a different phone choice based on these 'facts'. I knew the Nexus 5 had a smaller battery and not so great camera, I still bought it and am very happy with it. Also who in their right mind tries to bend their phones anyways lol. Watching youtube videos of people bending phones, shooting at it, dropping it, blending it, it always makes me want to look away lol. Even though the hits on a video pays for the device multiple times, it goes against my nature which is to be careful of the stuff you own.

73. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Name one person who has bent an HTC one under normal use. *grabs Doritos*

63. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Owning a 6 plus, I know this is BS. There is no flex in this phone at all. go to a carrier store and tell me you can bend that phone in your front pocket. This sounds like fraud to me. He bent his phone yes, but it wasn't just sitting in his front pockets. What did he do paint his jeans on? That's the real problem. A guy wearing pants that tight lol!

71. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No flex at all, still Apple said there were 9 formal cases. So even Apple acknowledges it to be no BS. Paint his jeans on? I'm not sure how you got that idea, but it sounds really stupid and farfetched. Talking about BS...

62. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except that's not the case, as it bent on some folks being in their Grint pockets. That's unacceptable, and is due to our having a weak point. But so long as Apple replaces the bent phones...

77. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

But don't you think think bend issue brings up the issue of build quality?

24. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont understand your post... "Apple said it's quality is best or w/e"... um... it's not like Samsung, or LG says "Well, our quality is pretty good, but not THE BEST".... EVERY Company, even McDonalds says their products is BEST and made from the BEST... I still think metals, either aluminum or alloy is best, for feel and rigidity, I just think this time Apple pushed it's ability too far... They're going to pay the price, they're going to find a way to design it better, and those that were affected by this issue better be compensated, replaced, or refunded - I haven't been screwed by Apple to date, their customer service is above expectations... But if this is a design flaw, and IF I was affected - I will switch to a smaller iP6 or to iP5s or worse, try Android again... Good luck, Apple - I expect Steve Jobs Quality...

76. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Nice to see that you finally get it. +1 & this proves you're not a iFanatic.

97. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Although AlikLalix is biased towards the iPhone, he actually makes very good points and is also willing to accept some of the iPhone's faults. I think it's good that #bendgate has opened the eyes for many consumers, whether you buy iPhones, Android OS phones, or Windows OS phones. Becuase of this, OEMs from now on will scrutinize how durable their designs are, especially since they have been making bigger and thinner phones. There is at least some sort of minimum durability that should be expected from any device. I'm sure by the time the 6S/6S+ comes around next year, they will strengthen that current weak spot and you won't hear about this issue anymore.

50. poppy.a

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

This is my problem with apple fans, they rather have apple milk them than provide them with good technology that's up to date. you see them boasting about how apple is the richest and make makes most profit, but its on them, apple is raping . they come out flaunting their dead logo phones claiming high class, but in reality their phones are crap . pathetic

53. AlikMalix unregistered

Thank you for a very constructive and thought out comment, please enlighten us more soon..

75. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah, criticism is good to drive the company to focus on improving the product.... samsung was long been criticised for plastic and they started using metal to make their phones look more premium, thats the benefit of criticism... this is what ifans are ignoring in regards to cheap quality bendable body of iphone

98. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yup, my criticism with Samsung is mainly from Touchwiz. With HTC, they are slowly offloading Sense and making them separate downloads. I hope Samsung does that too one day. There are many things I like in Touchwiz, but I do want to be able to pick and choose the modules I want. For example, I would love to just have the camera, S-Pen, Note, and multiview modules and I could care less for the others. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Samsung, but I do know they do have a few faults and there are always room for improvement.

100. light_tamer

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

I couldn't agree more.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Lol I didn't blame him. I was just joking around, not complaining about him, lol. xD And you are correct. He made the video to inform buyers. I appreciate that.

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