Have a bent iPhone 6? gTool may help

Have a bent iPhone 6? gTool may help
Yes, yes, #bendgate has gotten pretty old pretty fast. For those of you, sick of this word – worry not, we will not be mentioning it again, unless there is an interesting development around the issue.

However, we will not disregard the fact that the allegedly bendable iPhone 6 Plus became a hot topic of the Internet this past week. How much of it is true and how much was overblown by people, who decided to try and bend their iPhone 6 Plus units on purpose, remains unknown. Still, there is no denying that some users did get the issue accidentally, and this means that there will probably be more such mishaps in the future.

In comes company gTool with a solution – the PanelPress. It's basically a screw press-like device, which has been shaped and outfitted in a way that, supposedly, returns an iPhone's (5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus) bent aluminum panel to its original shape, without deforming or damaging it.

Now, at first read, one might think “This is ridiculous”, but do keep in mind that gTool is a company that makes a business out of selling specialized instruments meant to fix iDevices. In the past, they have released solutions such as the iCorner (to fix bent corners on dropped iPads and iPhones), Screen Jack (to safely and securely pull a screen off of a device), etc. So no, the PanelPress is not something meant for you to buy and use at home, rather it is aimed at specialists who provide repair services.

As far as price goes – the unit is available in Europe for ~$290 (€228). The company does have a network of partners in the US, but we couldn't find the new product on their websites at the current time.

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50 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That will make it bend even more.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

What about samsungs #gapgate? Isn't there a solution to it?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why look for a solution to something that isn't a problem?

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Gap is part of design dumbass , you cant see it with bare eye and it does not affect usability of the phone.In fact , gap is there partialy to absorb shock from falling etc, thats why Note 4 performs superb in drop tests.

13. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Oh really? Please tell me if the device is going to work if you accidentally spill water on it. Kiss your note 4 goodbye

14. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Oh btw watch your mouth:)

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Must be hard living in a misinformed life. :(

22. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

http://youtu.be/09he15ggxPE Not so much. But please, keep trying to crap on this beast because it's better than your phone. Watching people like you beating your head against the wall is amusing.

26. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Its not a gap that leads directly to hardware. Damn you are ignorant, but hey ,you can just keep on hating. And you should put this device for fixing your bend next to your doorstep so every time you come home from work you can fix your iphone right up!

29. c.sonnen

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

So do you prefer a phne that can bend easily.. *sigh .isheep

30. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Dude seriously , when was the note 4 advertised as water proof ? At first I liked your comment about him watching his month then I disliked it after reading this .

32. vbetts

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Pretty much any device you spill water on it that's going to happen...There is space around buttons that condensation gets into.

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

most all phones can handle a drop in bath tub and toilet trust me on this one, as long as you can take the battery out and make sure no water got to the battery terminals.

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

ok stupid drop water on it because the gap does not go all the way in only 1 mm if not less

25. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

there is no gapgate ? you mean the gap that can barely put a piece of paper in it because its needed to protect the screen from shattering on impact, also listed in the phones manual for manufacturing tolerance

38. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

If or should that be iF there is a gap, the phone is replaceable as the gap would fall under manufacturers defect therefore "warranty" Any discernible gap is not part of design which has inadvertently passed through Quality Control....oops This is NOT to be confused with a product design "defect" as the iPhones “have left the building” that way Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ are “weaker “than earlier iPhones which is easily proven not by science but by maths A 10 Cm cube is equally strong / weak on any of its side The area is 100 sq. cm (volume 1000 cubic cm not important) but AREA divided by width is, the 10CM cube area/ width is 10 As we are just comparing iPhones they are BIGGER but also thinner so bend more readily iPhone 5 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm. Area 72.5468 sq. cm iPhone 5S 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm. Area 72.54.68 sq. cm iPhone 6 138.1 x 67.0 x 6.9 mm Area 92.527 sq. cm iPhone 6+ 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm Area123.0018 sq. cm MATHS AREA divided by WIDTH Iphone5 9.54563 iphone5S 9.54563 iPhone 6 13.4097 iPhone 6+ 17.324197 **** **** e.g. the IP6+ were 10 cm thick (answer now is 12.30018) increase numeric means getting thinner As you can see both iPhone 6 / 6+ are both physically THINNER than the iPhone 5 /5S and as we are just comparing iPhones math’s have demonstrated why iPhones are bending In addition this is just pure conjecture the absence of Gorilla Glass and the use of shatterproof glass (less support) as it is a “weaker” component I would say That really is NOT the problem The detail missing when ordering an iPhone is simply this http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6/phones/7378,8346 If you started a contract in 2012 with the iPhone5, the 2014 iPhone 6 is a larger display iPhone 5 with Apple Pay. FYI Apple will receive 15c per transaction, thus NFC only inclusion into an iPhone Apple pay needs ALL THREE: iPhone 6 / 6+; CREDIT /DEBIT card; NFC terminal, (if just one is missing old school cash or Credit / Debit I mean is it necessary, or faster really to pay using your phone Re iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 comparison remember 2 years separate these phone #12. Anything worth selling is worth selling twice, ask a “Trekkie” where this is from

43. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

There are solution for it years ago and its FREE! RTFM!

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Europe for ~$290 (€228). NO THANKS

12. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You can buy a better phone instead of gTool... Maybe an iOs 8.1 update will fix the #bendgate problem

33. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah...just like how ios 7.x made ip5s waterproof...lol...

48. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Yeah, it will keep some battery power stored in the processor and camera. And more electrons in a phone means it won't bend, because iDare you to bend an electron.

4. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

this is just taking the piss

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Hey I wonder if apple will buy the company that made this and throw a free "iBender" when you sign a 2 year contract with a major carrier.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why buy this thing? Why not just give your bent iPhone back to the Apple store to replace a new one? They swallowed your $1000 and you rather to buy this thing and fix it yourself? That's like thanking Apple for the bent iPhone for $1000, "and I'm just gonna fix it myself to thank Apple for their great effort to make this great phone for me.".

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Or provide this device for free from Apple.

49. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

...with a two year contract.

34. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"So no, the PanelPress is not something meant for you to buy and use at home, rather it is aimed at specialists who provide repair services." Did you chose to ignore this sentence from the article?

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do not by this. Apple is offering free replacements for phones that bend with normal use. Once it's bent, its a structurally weaker there. Just get your free replacement.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Free > $290 any day

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