Leaked shell suggests iPhone 6s will be tough enough to prevent a 'Bendgate 2'

Leaked shell suggests iPhone 6s will be tough enough to prevent a 'Bendgate 2'
The Bendgate 'saga', as you may remember, gained significant coverage in the early days of the iPhone 6 Plus. One or two early adopters reportedly claimed that the handset was bending out of shape, and YouTube channel Unbox Therapy subsequently proved that if you really wanted to, you could indeed fold the device by applying a fair amount of strength. The whole episode, which prompted Apple to step out and defend its prized asset, was nothing more than a storm in a teacup, and since the initial furore died down, there's been little to no mention of iPhones bending unduly. Back in April, it was noted that Apple might look to strengthen its next smartphone with tougher aluminum alloy. As per a new video from none other than Unbox Therapy, it seems that the next-gen handsets will be made of tougher stuff. 

Assessing a leaked backplate of what most refer to as the iPhone 6s, the video suggests that key design considerations have been made. Comparing the shell versus that of an iPhone 6, certain weak areas within the current model's frame seem have been addressed. The spot around the volume buttons -- the point at which the iPhone 6 Plus caved during the aforementioned Bendgate video -- is apparently twice as thick on the iPhone 6s, and it's fairly safe to assume the 6s Plus will do likewise. 

Intriguingly, the iPhone 6s shell weighs in slightly less than that of its predecessor. It has been reported that the device will be marginally thicker than the current model, but if the Unbox Therapy clip is anything to go by, it could also be less weighty. 

Take a look at the clip below, and let us know of your take via the comments. 


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  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
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95 Comments

1. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Dont worry there will always be another gate..

2. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Don't worry also, there will be other flaws.

3. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Lol, they useded the cheapest low budget recycled dustbin junk on their iP6. Funny and how in denial those iFans still flocking and posing off with this trash iJunk.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

6003 used in iphone 6 is only capable of 125MPa tensile strength while series 7000 can go up to 700MPa aka 12kg of force before bending (6003) vs 70kg (7000+). They should have went straight with 7000 or make it shorter.

51. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The main problem was that the iPhone 6+ had a design which created a stress concentration around the volume buttons, hence why it would fail around 60MPa, well below 125MPa If Apple fix the design they would be fine since 125MPa is actually a pretty decent amount

70. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, you are completely correct, I don't know why people fail to see that point exactly... Hopefully they fix the design and material

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But I thought it wasn't broken in the first place. I mean, who fixes things that aren't broke?

75. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

obviously to slightly increase profit margin, what else?

74. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Bendgate was blown out of proportion. If it was a real issue, it would still be talked about now since the same iPhones are still owned and sold to this day. A small percentage of users were actually affected. My 6 plus rarely has a case on it and I never worry about it bending in my pocket.

82. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So the fact that phone in history never bend in peoples pockets, and its ok for one of the most expensive ones to bend? Wake up fool!!! A phone that costs $1000 shouldn't bend. I don't care what brand it is. PERIOD. Aluminum is a cheap metal. In fact it is so cheap it costs nearly the same per pound as plastic. If you use such fragile metal, you have to reinforce it in the proper way. How is it the S6 can't be bent with your bare hands? because Samsung uses magnesium plating with the aluminum to make it stronger. You ignorant fans always try to downplay when Apple screws up. if it has been Samsung or any other Android brand, you'd been all over it blowing it out of proportion. The bendgate wasn't overblown. Apple lied and claimed only 9 people made a fuss. Yet, on the website "OneoftheNine" over 1000 photos were submitted and that doesn't even touch how many phones were actually returned which I knw for a fact is a whole bunch. My company works with 2 major insurance companies both Asurion and SquareTrade. Out of all the phone sent in for repairs, the iPhone tops the list for the most common problems, bend and breaks. A company with $200BN should not be making a phone that can bend. Again if it wasn't a big deal, then WTF did they fix it? Same thing they did with the iPhone 4. It is a big deal because Apple sold a defective phone to everyone. It doesn't matter if it bends on you or not. But rigid cases cost more than plastic cheap ones. I shouldn't have to buy a case period. It wasn't blown out of proportion. Apple lied yet again. Real issues aren't always talked about forever, especially when it comes to Apple who is know to pay the media to sweep crap under the rug which has been proven to be so. That's why it isn't being talked about. Because the Apple loving media is being paid to hush. The same as the media being paid not to report on how 9/11 was an inside job. Because if we all knew the facts, politician would be open target of terrorism by their own citizens, not outsiders. if we all knew all the crap corporations cover up, we'd stop supporting them. Bendgate was blown out of proportion. Really? Sounds like Apple has blown your common sense out of existence.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I really miss the build quality from the 4/4S era

10. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

it was iron tho, i liked too but was too heavy

59. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Too heavy? You don't happen to have any permanent spaghetti-hand disability, do you? I'm really surprised how an iPhone 4s can be considered "too heavy"...

83. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

i lift 110 everyday, is not much but is more than enough to lift a phone with less effort than 95% of all the ppl on earth so ya, is heavy, iphone 4s, 140gr with 4", iphone 6, 129gr with 4.7" so ya, do your homework before talking s**t plz

92. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The iPhone 6 is excessively thin and could have avoided being a wall-hugger by using a bigger capacity battery. But hey, it's probably weakass links like you that will complain of it being too heavy...

93. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

i said it was too heavy, i never complain, learn to read the context you troll, not gonna read you anymore so feel free to answer to noone ;) lata

95. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm with you 100%. Anyone who thinks a 4" phone is too heavy needs to hit the gym. That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. +1

61. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The iPhone 5s is is still the best iPhone ever built. The best design, arguably one of the best designs ever, accompanied with a great build quality. I would pick an aluminum back over a glass back, and this is coming from someones who owns an S6 Edge. And yes, as mentioned in the comment above, it is quite heavy as well. The space gray iPhone 6 looks great as well. The other 2 colors were ruined by those fuglly antena bands.

63. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

So, the new iPhone 5 then. Thinner, lighter, marginally quicker and … er … um … well it has a half inch bigger screen to keep the lemming-like Apple fanbois drooling over this new overpriced Apple tat. Now I’m no fan of Android which seems to be in a perpetual cycle of slow, buggy, beta releases and I think the first iPhone was genuinely innovative. However, this .1 incremental handset from Apple just goes to show how quickly they’ve run out of ideas and how big the threat from Android now is. There is absolutely nothing offered by the iPhone 5 that makes it a compelling purchase or even a useful one, especially when there are plenty of cheaper and just as good alternatives available. As for upgrades, apart from a bit of tinkering with iOS 6 that offers a few pointless camera options, it’s all pretty much the same as previous models. And iOS 6 will be available for older iPhones so why bother upgrading just for the new software? That won’t stop the Apple automatons though from queuing up to get their hands on one but neither will the iPhone 5 halt the march of Android. A wasted opportunity then by Apple who seem to have spent the budget on fighting Samsung in court instead of offering a genuinely different value proposition.

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maherk, I'd love to see those lines minimized in the next iteration. I'm really intrigued by the next iPhone, but more in a curious way...hoping they hook it up. How's the Edge working out?

67. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Lol. I thought you 2 never got along.... I see, Darkkjedii wants to get closer?

79. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Actually it's the other way around. I used to troll him and I admit that I did cross the line at times, so I apologized and since then we got along. Trolling is fun at times, as long as you don't get carried away like I did.

85. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maherk it's all good bro. Men recognize men, you have my respect. Let him continue his childish games. He's dismissed

78. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

From the look of it, Apple doesn't seem to be doing anything to fix them. They look the worst on the Gold iteration of the iPhone 6. The Edge has been superb since the last update, never enjoyed a phone this much ever before. Fast, and battery life has improved drastically, averaging around 5 hrs of sot. And since i jumped from the Gold color to the Green one, i ve been appreciating the design even more. Did you end up selling yours? If so, what are you using as your daily driver?

86. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sold mine for $520, just using my 6 plus till the new Galaxy's drop. Cool that the update fixed the issues. I gotta have that 5.7 incher bro.

73. AlikMalix unregistered

Maherk, I agree 100%... 5S for me is latterly the best mobile device I've ever seen, held and used. Love the long screen, and the overall size of the damn thing... Too bad I'm gonna have to upgrade to faster iPhone soon - being a tech-geek pushes me to opt for newer, faster, better....

77. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here, i always find the need to upgrade my phones, but with the S6 Edge i am pretty pleased and i am 100% sure i won't be getting the Note 5 nor the Edge+.

87. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

From the 5S to the 6S, you should definitely notice a difference. I think it's a phone that you'll enjoy

6. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

In other news, American obesity is projected to increase enough to bend the newer design.

47. AlikMalix unregistered

In other-other news, Apple hater's hate is projected to increase enough to bend every new design of iPhone from this day forth to calm their own insecurity, because no one can explain why they hate iPhones and people that use them.

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