Apple got a lot of flak last year after its new smartphones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – were found to bend relatively easily. Several users including many YouTubers had reported that the iPhone models, most especially the larger iPhone 6 Plus, were bending after normal use. The controversy, called ‘bendgate’, resulted in Apple even defending its testing processes, and reportedly made changes to fix the issue for later units in the line. With the use of series 7000 aluminium, Apple says 2015’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are much stronger, and the company certainly appears to have learnt from past mistakes, as a new bend test shows the new iPhone models are too strong to bend easily.
Hours after Apple began to ship the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the first “bend test” video of the larger variant has already surfaced on the Web. Folks at FoneFox noted that the iPhone 6s Plus is not prone even even after putting intense (but manual) so much pressure on it. Unable to bend the iPhone 6s Plus, the presenter asked his friend for assistance, and only after their collective effort they were able to bend the handset a little. No machine testing was performed or accurate pressure numbers were described.
Apple significantly reduced the waistline of the iPhone when it moved from the iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The reduction in size coupled with an aluminium body that couldn’t withstand much pressure made the handset prone to bending, reports had speculated during the bendgate controversy. Apple had said only a few users were affected, and had replaced the bend iPhone units. For the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the company has used spacecraft grade 7000 series aluminium body which is often touted for its strength and durability. A previous report suggested that this body can withstand more than four times pressure than the metal body used in iPhone 6.