Bent ipod touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by AClark, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. AClark macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    my 32gb ipod touch 2nd gen is bent somehow and I can't figure out how of who I should contact about this. When I look at the ipod from any side it is clearly warped and the screen will not sit on a flat surface. There is at least a three millimeter gad between the screen and the flat surface in one corner when the ipod is lying as flat as possible.

    I'm thinking the bend could be because of the speck pixelskin case I purchased just last week. I put that case over top of the invisashield for some drop protection just like they show in this web site:

    I never dropped the ipod nor have I ever sat on it or anything like that. My only guess is that the extra bit of thickness from the invisishield may have caused the speck case to pull on it enough to bend it. However, the bend is so significant that I think it must be the poor build of the speck case pulling unequally on all corners of the ipod touch.

    What do you guys think?
  2. freakedoutmatt macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    I have the same problem :(

    I bought a 16gb iTouch the other day and I also noticed that the body is warped a good amount. I put a clear, plastic case on it, but I highly doubt that could warp it...

    I am taking it to the Apple store tomorrow.
  3. TurboFan macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2009

    ok uhh... i get the feeling you arent telling us the whole storybecause the ipod is very well clamped together it would take some very specific/concetrated force for it to come apart.... either that or you got a really rare lemon with some tabs for the case bad..... i dunno. id take it into apple then call customer service if they didnt help. is it fixable?
  4. AClark thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    Not leaving out any details

    No, some cases can actually can warp the frame of the ipod touch if there is uneven pressure applied. When the invisishield is placed on the ipod touch with another case on top of it that was never designed for the extra width, the corners receive a slight pull towards each other. Think braces on's only a slight pressure, but when applied constantly is warpes the metal. I searched the apple store and found other people complaining of warped ipod touches due to over-tight cases.

    However, once I got rid of the pixelskin case, the ipod touch slowly went back into its original, untwisted form, just like when you stop wearing your retainer after braces! I also dropped it on the carpet one day which may have simply bent it back into perfect shape.

    When it was twisted, Apple said they would do nothing to fix it as it must have been accidental. So my advice is that if you have a twisted ipod touch, get rid of your case and see if it warpes back into shape.
  5. jarstar21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2009
    my ipod touch gen 3 64 GB is bent too.

    It's only ever been in a leather belkin folio thing which doesn't seem to apply any pressure to it that I can tell.
    I also don't recall having put any pressure on it.

    If you look along one edge you can see a mild twist and the corners of the screen are higher on opposite corners.

    Is there any chance a bent housing will crack the screen or stop it working?
  6. damac78 macrumors newbie


    Nov 27, 2009
    Bent iPod Touches - Poor Build

    Hi guys

    The problem you are having seems to be a general "poor build" issue.
    If the pods where not only "designed" in California, I'm sure this would not be a problem.. even though we would pay twice the price. :apple:

    I am from Switzerland and bought 2 iPod touches 2nd Gen. on vacation in California. One with 16GB and one with 32GB. (for my Girlfriend and my sister)

    After returning to Switzerland I got myself the 64GB iPod Touch 3rd Gen.

    Well, I have been loving it. It's great entertainment and I use it every day!

    Appart from the light-bleeding at the side of the screen (also a general poor build issue) I also noticed the pod was completely bent..
    If set on a flat table or glass, it is completely warped out of shape.
    I never sat on it, it never fell down. It has always been in a Agent18 Plastic protection case, which does not seem to apply any preasure on the case.

    As I have still not given the 16GB Pod to my sister yet (Birthday still coming up) I unpacked it and set it on a nice flat table. Well..
    Warped already, straight from the box.

    My Girlfriends 32GB Model seems to be fine, and was also always in an Agent18 Protective Case.

    It's easily fixed though.
    Just set your iPod touch on a 100% flat and clean surface, screen down, and put slow preasure on each corner of the pod at the back with your fingers.
    The pod will bend back to its intended shape and stay that way.. untill it decides to warp again or you sit on it..

    My conclusion:
    Poor build that has existed ever since the 2nd Gen. Touch.
    This needs to be addressed by Apple, as does the Light-Bleeding from the side of the screen (found on all 3 of my purchased iPods)

    It's easily fixed.. but I wonder what it feels like for the poor screen if it gets bent just a little to much one day..
  7. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    How can glass bend that much without cracking? :confused::confused:
  8. damac78 macrumors newbie


    Nov 27, 2009
    Well.. I would think the glass does not actually bend.
    The back metal of the iPod warps, and just pulls the rest slightly with it..
    The glass is probably more stable in structure than the back of the iPod Touch.. The glass is probably attached with rubber or some kind of other sticky stuff that enables a certain room for movement in the case..

    I would think if this was not done this way, there would be allot more iPods out there with broken glass..

    Its just a shame that the whole structure of the case is not more stable :(
  9. jarstar21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2009
    Damac you are a legend.

    I applied pressure to the housing of my touch as you described and it is now straight again.

    I was about to take this into apple to get resolved but, as you say, I was sure it would just happen again.

    I have a theory that it's a heat issue but if it's happening to ones still in the box then it must just warp. This was very annoying and am happy it can be fixed at home.

    Thanks again.
  10. damac78 macrumors newbie


    Nov 27, 2009

    Well I'm not sure I'm a legend ;)
    But I'm sure glad I could help you!
    I could not beleive it when I saw how warped my beloved iPod was..
    It was very annoying and would have been a long trip to the next Apple store.

    The heat-theory also crossed my mind.. but as you already wrote,
    if its warped straight out of a brand new box, it aint heat.
    And the pod never gets really hot when using or charging it.

    Well, lets hope it does not warp again. :apple:
  11. serahtheriider macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    4 week old ipod touch 3rd gen BENT

    HI there i just purchased a new ipod touch 3rd gen and its bent- when layed face down is not flat or sitting straight, its always been in a silicon case with screen protector and never dropped sat in or put in a pocket. Has anyone had/delt with this problem?has it further damaged ipod/screen. Has ipod been replaced ? thanks can you email me info to ryd_my_donkey(at)
  12. pilotrtc macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    At 4 weeks old, it's still under warranty. I'd bring it back to Apple.
  13. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  14. johnnyhow macrumors regular

    May 20, 2008
    This would be a funny thread if it weren't for the fact that these products cost a bundle and are made by apple! This sort of design flaw is unacceptable on apples part, they're charging for a premium product so one would expect
    more of it.

    My 3 week old touch has a very week wifi signal, in most areas of my house I only get one bar.
  15. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    How big is your house? How far are you travelling from your router? I can go 30 feet or so and get 2bars. When I'm 15 or so feet away I get 3-4 bars. How is it apple's flaw design? Theyre mass producing, this is why they offer AppleCare, more bang for your buck.
  16. johnnyhow macrumors regular

    May 20, 2008
    The wifi box is about 10m from where I mainly use my touch. I get full coverage from my laptop Which is in the same room
  17. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Have you tried to reset your networks? I had a connection problem (ie. I would have to manually connect) & after the reset, it fixed it. This may not be the solution, but trying won't hurt in this case. If all else fails, go to the genius bar asap before your courtesy coverage expires.
  18. johnnyhow macrumors regular

    May 20, 2008
    I actually don't know how to reset it. When I'm in the same room as the router, I do get full coverage.
  19. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.

    Resetting the network on your iPod Touch would be going into "settings -> general -> reset -> reset network settings" (this is what I did in order to get automatically connected to networks I normally use [i.e. home/school]).
  20. Annasakura, Feb 8, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011

    Annasakura macrumors newbie


    Feb 8, 2011
    Hi. I just created this account and (after reading the rules) I'd like to thank damac for posting this solution. the chrome back of my iPod was kind of bent just where the sleep button is and it was driving me insane to look at that. I put some pressure on the back and now it went from being 3mm apart to be 1mm apart more or less, so yeah, thanks a lot:)

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