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iapplelove

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Well my perfect launch day iPhone is perfect no more.

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And to be honest it must have happened in my pocket cause it never was dropped.
 

srsub3

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do u use it in the back pocket? did you sit on it while in your pocket? other causes I can't imagine.... sorry for that...
 

iapplelove

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Ha good eyes.

It's just a black speck cover

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And don't usually put the phone in the back pocket but something bent it lol. It's livable to me, I'm easy.
 

darster

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Android phones don't have this problem. They make them so big that they don't fit in pockets anymore. Apple will follow suit in the next few years, so bent phones will never be a problem again.
 

adam044

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Android phones don't have this problem. They make them so big that they don't fit in pockets anymore. Apple will follow suit in the next few years, so bent phones will never be a problem again.

Plastic tends to be more flexible... Would you like some ice for that burn?
 

darster

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Plastic tends to be more flexible... Would you like some ice for that burn?

Sarcasm went right over the top. Did you hear it go by? :) Either way, if you sit on your phone, plastic will crack, aluminum will bend and glass will shatter.
 

lordofthereef

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I think it's perfectly believable that the phone bent under the right conditions. Nobody with baggy pants has ever sat down and felt their phone really tight against their leg? Come on. Happens to me all the time. Jeans are generally Levi's 351, of sinilar cut ( technically not baggy, but loose Fit). Luckily, no bending (yet).
 

maxosx

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I think it would be very interesting to know the difference in structural rigidity between the iPhone 5 & shorter 4 & 4S. Actual data would be fascinating.
 

acorntoy

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Skin tight jeans here,

iPhone 5 still perfectly fine :p

Now if only Apple could give me one without dust in the camera.....
 

mchnc

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Aluminum has elongated at volume button hole. It is designed to be the weakest point, so that is expected result.

The volume button hole area from inside the shell, there is very tiny section of aluminum left:
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Simple FEA-simulation spots the highest stress there:
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iapplelove

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I think it's perfectly believable that the phone bent under the right conditions. Nobody with baggy pants has ever sat down and felt their phone really tight against their leg? Come on. Happens to me all the time. Jeans are generally Levi's 351, of sinilar cut ( technically not baggy, but loose Fit). Luckily, no bending (yet).

This is true,my pants although not "baggy" are pretty damn loose, I'm a size 32 and usually go with a 34. Still not sure exactly when it happened.

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Aluminum has elongated at volume button hole. It is designed to be the weakest point, so that is expected result.

The volume button hole area from inside the shell, there is very tiny section of aluminum left:
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Simple FEA-simulation spots the highest stress there:
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Not sure if u can see in the pics but exactly over the minus volume button is where the stress fracture is.
 
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3rd Rock

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Common sense...Do not put an expensive smartphone in your rear pants pocket. I have a case hooked to my belt. Easy to get out, no issues of it ever being bent. Even placing an iphone in the front pockets when you sit down, it may cause bending if its tight, not loose fitting. ;)
 

walie

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Android phones don't have this problem. They make them so big that they don't fit in pockets anymore. Apple will follow suit in the next few years, so bent phones will never be a problem again.

oh really? then explain these quotes from this thread:

https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17184031#post17184031

I bring my mini with me everywhere I go. Fits perfectly/comfortably in my front pocket. Used to have iPad 3 and when I did bring it with me on the go, I never liked leaving it in my vehicle, but carrying it everywhere was cumbersome. With the mini I have it ready to use anytime.

I wear size 30/29 wrangler brand jeans and it fits in my front pocket just fine. Big difference in weight and size compared to full size pad.

Agreed. I wear jeans a couple of sizes bigger than you. and it fits in my pocket perfectly.

To each their own. Before buying the mini I completely agreed with what you are saying, after getting it I was surprised how it fit in my pocket. Standing up or sitting it is very comfortable in my pocket. I wouldn't work with it in my pocket (I am a mechanic), for fear of breaking it but off work, driving, shopping, I have it with me (in my pocket).
 

iapplelove

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Common sense...Do not put an expensive smartphone in your rear pants pocket. I have a case hooked to my belt. Easy to get out, no issues of it ever being bent. Even placing an iphone in the front pockets when you sit down, it may cause bending if its tight, not loose fitting. ;)

My phone has never once been in my rear pockets
 

Glideslope

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I don't wear skinny jeans . In fact most of my pants are pretty lose.

Yes, however there could be a situation with the phone in a front pocket.
If the pocket was deep, and you squatted, your upper front thighs could exert enough force.

It an aluminum thing. I'm a firm believer in waist cases with belt loops. Not just clips.

It also helps my Testicles receive less Microwaves. :apple:
 
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