Could there really be a "bad batch"?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dagdagdag234, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. dagdagdag234 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2011
    #1
    The people who theorize iPhones are bending because of a bad batch... Just curious how that would work. A bad batch of aluminum? DOesn't make sense to me. Could it really be anything other than a general design that is more fragile than previous iPhones?

    Don't get me wrong I'm hoping for the bad batch theory I just don't get the concept behind such thinking.
     
  2. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

    myscrnnm

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #2
    That was one of my theories as well. Could be due to variances in metallurgy. Maybe someone here or there forgot to put in a certain part for an alloy or different formulas were used.
     
  3. cababah, Oct 23, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014

    cababah macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    Location:
    SF Bay Area, CA
    #3
    A good test would be to measure the force required to bend 10 or so iPhones and see if there is a large variance. Obviously, this would have to be done by a well established 3rd party institution or something :)
     
  4. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

    myscrnnm

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #4
    That would be nice. Unfortunately it seems no one has the resources to do such an intensive evaluation apart from Apple. The only real scientific test we've seen so far was by Consumer Reports, which could only afford one of each phone. The ideal test would have ten or so iPhones each from different factories and made at different time periods.

    But I imagine Apple had done the tests themselves, and the bending problem is actually due to a bad "batch", it would not be something they could've foreseen.
     
  5. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

    12vElectronics

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Location:
    California
    #5
    I doubt it. The only way is if they used a new supplier or something for a short while
     
  6. Vundu macrumors 65816

    Vundu

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #6
    Sounds like wishful thinking. I think it is the design and Apple wanting it so thin.

    I would of been happier with it being thicker, stronger with a larger battery.
     
  7. cababah macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    Location:
    SF Bay Area, CA
    #7
    If it is in fact an isolated incident affecting a certain batch, wouldn't Apple do a recall for the affected units much like the battery recall they did for the iPhone 5?
     
  8. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    #8
    I'm torn, sometimes I think it sounds hokey.

    Sometimes I think that raw slags of aluminum probably come in different qualities/grades each slag having its own imperfections/etc. When processed out, can possibly lead to "batches" that for no discernible reason, due not meet standards. Similar to liquor. There's always an outlier.
     
  9. McPc macrumors 6502

    McPc

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Location:
    CA
    #9
    I guess what would be interesting would be to find out if those that got replacement phones end up having it bend on them a second time.

    Will those on their second phone change any of their habits?
     
  10. skierbri10 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2009
    #10
    If you are a mechanic and you've ever used Chinese tools you will understand how horrible chinese metals are. Bad batch seems legit.
     
  11. Vundu, Oct 23, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014

    Vundu macrumors 65816

    Vundu

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #11
    You only need to look how thin it is around the buttons. Does that look strong?

    I love my 6 and think it is the best phone I have ever had. I do wish it was thicker though.
     
  12. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

    Defender2010

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Location:
    England
    #12
    Bad batch of users more like....I hardly think after years of iPhone production that Apple would not know/rectify "bad aluminium". How ridiculous if you know anything about metal and product engineering. Haha
     
  13. Prolif1k macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    #13
    Don't just assume that every bent iPhone was strictly the user's fault.

    I've suddenly had a realization today that every bent phone I've seen has been Space Grey. Have there been any bent Gold or Silver phones? If not, that may be pointing to something...
     
  14. Imory, Oct 24, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014

    Imory macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Location:
    Wonderland
    #14
    Yeah, probably two years after so they'd avoid any bad publicity. Doing it now would spread like wild fire, but to years from now on, they might initiate a small call back on their website telling you to enter the serial number and see if your eligible.

    Apple is just as sneaky/terrible as any other corporation in that regard.
     
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
    #15
    this is what I would like to see also
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #16
    To me a bad batch would mean that something flawed occurred in the manufacturing stage of the phone. I can't see how this would only affect a batch of phones, unless a piece of equipment was not operating correctly. Still I think its a stretch. I agree, I just don't see how this could occur.
     
  17. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
    #17
    I just hope that after the 6, Apple gets over it's thin obsession and keep enough thickness to be able to stand what most people put their phone through on a daily basis. This was nice but hope we move on after the 6 and 6S
     
  18. wermy macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    #18
    That website that scours instagram and the like for bent iphones shows a variety of colors:

    www.oneofthenine.con
     
  19. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Location:
    Orange County, California USA
    #19
    I think it's the design. The bending is occurring at the same point. Look at all the posted images.
     
  20. iceperson macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    #20
    Honestly, I expect most people who carry their 6 in their front jean pockets to have bent phones 6 months from now. I really hope I'm wrong, but just watching how my 6 warped pulling it out of the case it was in I think these phones are flawed.
     

Share This Page