Has the iPhone 6 bend issue been fixed?

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  1. Dusterbob macrumors newbie

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  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Yep, the fix is called 6S.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    They used stronger aluminum in the 6S so if that's what you're wanting you'll be fine. Apple never admitted to it being a problem and never made any changes to the 6 so if you want the 6 make sure you get a case for it. The main reason why there haven't been many threads on it recently is that it is a known issue and if it is brought up you'll have people who believe Apple can do no wrong rushing in to say it isn't a problem.
     
  4. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    Had a 6+ for over a year and it never bent.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Same here.
     
  6. bembol macrumors 65816

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    It wasn't an issue to begin with more like internet finding ways to create another "gate."
     
  7. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah tell that to the owners that bent their phones!
    Just cause you didn't encounter it doesn't mean that the issue doesn't exist.
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Just because some people bent their own phones doesn't mean it was Apple's fault, either.
     
  9. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    Of course it's Apple's fault. They cheeped out on the amount of aluminum they used while trying to get the phone thin. Same as how it's Huawei's fault for doing the same with the Nexus 6p.
    If the 5 and 5s didn't bend, the 6 shouldn't bend either!
    It's pretty much an admission of guilt when they used stronger aluminum this time around!
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    To be fair, improving something doesn't on its own necessarily mean that it was bad before, simply that it could be better, especially as things progress.
     
  11. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    True but I don't think they tested the durability aspect of it before release. They went purely for aesthetics and usability.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There might be some of that in play, but it's also quite possible/likely that they did test it and found it to be fine in high enough percentages to be acceptable for the design, materials, and overall design cycle they were going with.
     
  13. jca24 macrumors 6502a

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    There never was a problem, other that people puttting them in their pocket and sitting on them.
     
  14. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    How is that not a problem? People have been putting their phones in their back pockets and sitting on them for years.
     
  15. Vicrooloo macrumors regular

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    Its great that Apple wants a thinner and thinner iPhone because that means its less damaging to my spine when I sit with my iPhone in my back pocket

    #showerthoughts
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    But just because most of those people weren't breaking them at those times doesn't mean that it was a good/smart thing to do.
     
  17. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Nearly anything can be bent if you are doing it on purpose, and trying to bend it. If I applied less force to my 4K TV, the thing would bend incredibly easily. I can bend the doors (or put dents in them) if I just used moderate pressure.

    With the iPhone 6/Plus, a minority of owners complained of bending that resulted from normal use (bent in pockets, bent when sat on, bent in a bag). Hard to say if that was actually caused by defects in the phone design/metal, but regardless, Apple replaced the phones, so I would say it is a non-issue.

    With those who purposely tried to bend their phones, well, nothing you can say about that. That's just the user's own fault, and you can't really fault Apple there.

    To answer OP's question: Apple changed the metals used on the phone (i believe to the same aluminum used on the watch); and Apple has supposedly made some structural improvements inside too to make it less prone to bending.

    Now, did these changes "fix" the bend problem, in the sense that it is impossible to bend now? Probably not impossible, but given that last year's phone had a low likelihood to begin with, I would say it is not reasonable to worry about bending on the 6S/6S Plus.

    Feel safe in buying this phone without bending problems. If you are going to worry about minority problems, you may as well worry about all the possible defects like swollen batteries, hardware failure, etc.

    Relax and enjoy. I had my 6+ for over a year, and had zero bend problems. I actually tried to bend it before, and I guarantee it was much more difficult than those bend videos depicted. And now, the 6S Plus has been reinforced
     
  18. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    Sure but if you're not affected, you don't really care. If you are, then it is an issue you would raise.
    I never owned a 6 but I did buy a few on release day to resell.
    The first time I saw one bent in real life, I thought it was abuse. Then I saw a few more in the next couple of months and it was clear that it was a material issue.
     
  19. jca24 macrumors 6502a

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    Simple, the iPhone 6 is longer and thinner that previous phones, putting the leverage on the phone will make it bend, this is not rocket science, just use common sense, which a lot of people don't have anymore, just look at the world around you.
     
  20. fit24 macrumors newbie

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    I don't know if the bend issue has been fixed, but if you purchase an iPhone 6 and it is defective you ae entitled to a replacement; like most goods and services.
     
  21. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    The aluminum on the 6 and 6+ is very soft and pliable. There is a good reason Apple ditched it for the 7000 series aluminum this time around. If you don't want to worry about bending, skip the 6 and fork over the $100 extra for the 6S. The new S phones are built like tanks compared to last year's.
     
  22. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    My 6s+ bends like the rubber band man!

    Ok maybe not so much ...
     
  23. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    Did yours bend?
     
  24. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't own a 6.
     
  25. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    The weak spots were between the buttons where there was less aluminum. Should have been reinforced.
     

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