To prevent Bendgate 2, Apple might use a tougher aluminum alloy to make the next iPhones

To prevent Bendgate 2, Apple might use a tougher aluminum alloy to make the next iPhones
This year's upcoming iPhones are expected to be called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, being incremental upgrades over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While the new handsets may not bring major enhancements, it's said that Apple plans to make them tougher (likely because it doesn't want last year's Bendgate controversy to arise again).

According to Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Apple intends to manufacture its next generation iPhones using 7000 series aluminum, an alloy that the company is already using for the Apple Watch. According to Apple, 7000 series aluminum is "60% stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel." This type of alloy is also used to make competition bicycles.

Another thing that the next iPhones will reportedly borrow from the Apple Watch is the Force Touch technology, which enables a display to differentiate light touches from harder presses.

Apple will almost certainly announce (and launch) the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in September. The handsets are expected to use new A9 chips (most of which will be manufactured by Samsung), while sporting displays similar to those found on the current models: 4.7 inches with 750 x 1334 pixels, and 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels, respectively.

source: Economic Daily News (translated) via Mac Rumors

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31 Comments

1. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Shocking.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7415; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't know why companies are not using steel instead. Much stronger then any aluminum.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Steel is more expensive (OEMs always try maximise profit) Also steel is heavier Also aluminium has better thermal properties than steel

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think price and weight should be an issue,older ipod touches used to have it.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Which ones? Wikipedia says the 4th gen iPod Touch had a Stainless Steel back But my 4th gen iPod Touch's back is full of scratches Stainless Steel is far harder than Aluminium, i.e. it should of had no scratches since I kept it in a case

32. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Even I have an itouch 4g...stainless steel isn't scratch proof. Most of the cases can scratch steel. Steel isn't that expensive, is also not significantly heavier than aluminum but it's a lot more difficult to bend. They can use brushed steel to prevent/hide scratches.

25. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Xiaomi Mi4 made of stainless steel.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, with good designers and engineers, stainless steel isn't a problem I was just giving the a few reasons why OEMs currently prefer aluminium over stainless steel

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How much do you think Stailless steel costs? Its not expensive. Look how much it costs for silverware. You can get a nice set for less than $40 and have enough for a ablet of 10 - 15 people use one box. It's not expensive to use or make. On average Stainless Steel costs about 3.50 per pound. Sure that is just over more than half what Aluminum costs. However, Apple charges 70% more for storage so they can easily cover that costs without raising the price of the phone. After all they raised the cost of the iPhone $100just to get 64GB of storage yet it cots only $40 on retail and we know they paid even less for it because they buy them by the millions. YEs maximizing profits by being cheap and then they don't even want to repair their own junk. If I had bought an iPhone 6 Plus which I did consider, and it bent in my pocket and Apple refused to replace it, I would have had their ass in court within 30 days. If I didn't get it replaced then, I am going to a store and snatching what's on the table or crash a car through the front door and let the place get robbed. Whatever it takes, but they will have wished they replaced my device. That is why I will "NEVER" buy another device from Apple because I don't want to deal with the anguish that comes with them. Its not some blind co-incidence that Apple for the first time created an phone replacement program for the iPhone 6 models where you pay 50% retail and get a full replacement. That's ridiculous. That's why I don't feel sorry for Apple when someone breaks into their stores and steals their crap and sells it on the black market so Apple doesn't get a penny. With the profits Apple makes because they don't make their own crap, their stuff should be better PERIOD. Other OEM's have NEVER as far as I know, blames consumers for manufacturing defects and poor design...EVER! Samsung has never blame its consumers for issues with their devices. They acknowledge and they fix them. Even in the case where a person used a 3rd party battery and charger in a Samsung phone, Samsung replaced it. After all, it costs Samsung NOTHING to do it. Same for Apple. But Apple is to proud. They make expensive low end products that look nice and that is all it has to offer. For $1000 the phone should be the fastest, prettiest and most durable phone in this price range and it isn't.

15. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yeah, like the old ipod touches.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because its heavier even in thin cuts needs for a phone. They could use Stainless Steel, but its costlier vs using the 3rd most available cheap substance found on the planet. Apple is about profits. But Samsung has embarrassed them this time around and Apple needs to save face. Two bendy 6's in a row would be a huge "dent" in Apple's so-called perfection.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, copy Samsung they will!!!,!,!

2. seven7dust unregistered

blah blah , bendgate was a hype for youtuberes to get famous ,nothing else meanwhile Apple has probably sold their 100 millionth iphone 6/6 plus by now know so many peole with iPhones sixes no bendgate issues whatsoever ,

5. gaming64 unregistered

Also who the cuss would bend their phones? Bendgate is very rare now and Apple fixed the problem yet ignorant fandroids still blabber about it.

8. Sauce5 unregistered

The same type of people who bend their Galaxy S6's and Edges =(

18. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

its a feature samsung copied as well

20. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If Apple fixed the problem, then that means it was a problem. And it was. The real problem was they were denying replacements to people with bent iPhones. If they had simply done the right thing immediately, it never would have been an issue. But instead, they went into denial mode, just like with the iPhone 4 antenna, instead on simply fessing up and making good.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Youtubers. REALLY? What about the over 1000 people who posted their phone bent in their pockets? You really think a female would sit and bend her phone? You think all these people sat down and bent their phones? You're ignorant if you think that. You can be fan of a product if you want too, that doesn't make you all stupid. What makes iFans so stupid is they think everyone is just sitting down damaging their phones. They never blame Apple for anything. What about the iPhone 4? Read this about the Mac G4 -http://www.computerworld.com/article/2534095/data-storage-solutions/apple-faces-lawsuit-over-defective-powerbooks.html This story si old in itself, but this is a common problem with iPhone. Add the 2011 iMacs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 6 Plus to this list of Apple knowingly selling defective products, charging you to fix them. You want to buy them, do so and be happy; after all its your money. But stop trying to sit there and sound like Apple is perfect and that consumers are all purposely damaging their property to get hits for money. Yes I know lots of YouTubers with their stupid drop tests must have so much money to burn tha they go an buy a phone and drop it and break it or bend it for hits. But they are a small percentage vs the people who autually have the problem.

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

You mean use the same aircraft grade aluminium Samsung is using... interesting.. They would be better off adding more internal stiffeners instead

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The S6 has 6013 series aluminium 7000 series aluminium is even better than the aluminium Samsung is using

21. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Stronger, but also more brittle.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But its most likely no where near brittle enough to be a concern I'd prefer having far less scratches (except Apple decided to use a reflective coating, which probably will get scratched easier)

4. gaming64 unregistered

The problem is the iPhone 6 Plus was too thin so it was possible to bend it. This was fixed somehow with metal reinforcement. Lets just hope Apple would fix bengate probs.

9. bendgate unregistered

Every manufacturer including apple should ditch this ridiculous thinness for better battery. Majority of people will surely prefer better battery over thinness.

12. seven7dust unregistered

yup atleast all of us can agree on that , bigger battery is more imporant than anything else. octa cores , sexy design , 2k display, tablet GPU, IGZO , all useless next to big battery.

13. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't agree with that. But it is among the most important components, nothing wrong with having a good balance.

23. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

You don't agree with it and neither do I nor do the majority of consumers, clearly. Just look at Samsung S6 and iPhone sales. I love it when geeks assumed that since they like something the consumers will too.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All components are important, but battery is the one area they keep sacrificing in the pursuit of a phone you can shave with. Phones are already too thin. Give me an extra 2-3mm thickness and a couple of extra hours of battery life.

14. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Seeing how the 6S is going to be my daily driver for 2 years (I am done with annual smartphone upgrades) it better be strong. If this rumor is true September can't come soon enough.

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