iPhone 6 Plus Bending Has not Been Debunked

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  1. Konvictz macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2014
    As a person who purchased this model, I as a customer have a right to express my views about this.

    We cant just say its a common issue because a few other phones have been affected, no this was not a common problem a very few at most from all companies were affected.

    The worrying thing is iphone 6 plus has only been released for a few days and NUMEROUS people have reported bending. A few days, does anyone actually think the problem will decrease? No it will only get worse.

    We all saw the person apply greater force to the samsung galaxy note 3, a direct competitor, and it did not move.

    It is worrying to think why did apple not test this device thoroughly before launch? They have clearly been testing this shape for 1-2 years now. Look at how samsung tests their devices:


    However you decide to paint it, this is not good. One of the main things I like about iphone is how strong the build quality has been, it always feels like a premium product - which it is.

    And it is kind of annoying that I paid so much for the 128gb plus which in fair is a 2 year old product hardware wise (1080p screens have been around a while), and yet it is subjected to this bending where as the galaxy note 3 does not suffer.

    A lot of people I know have decided to give their plus back, but I will stick by it because I have been waiting for this model for a while, it is amazing to look at. But now every single time I will force my self to lay it on a flat surface and check how much it has bent.

    One has to consider that this news is everywhere and I look some what of a fool now walking around with the plus, everywhere I go I will be remembered of the bending scenario.

    The solution I am sure apple will tackle pretty quickly. The structural weak point is near the volume buttons which is understandable. I am a pure mathematics student not physics or engineering so I am a little lacking of knowledge but my thoughts are that the round edges allows the product to be weaker than the straight edges of previous designs.

    The solution will be pretty simple. BMW knows this, their convertible cars are very strong performing even though half the chassis is missing. They add a lot of strengthening to the weak structural points of the car, which of course adds weight but it gives it that rigidity that the consumers need.

    While the fix is simple, it has left apple a bit red faced and this now probably will be remembered in the all time greats amongst the iphone 4 antenna call drop out issues.
  2. erzhik macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2010
    OP, get yourself ready for nonstop hate from Apple kids because you are not praising the product. Also get ready for comments about how other phones bend if you hit them with a hammer.
  3. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    Why should Apple fix this? It's common sense not to bend your product, not their fault.
  4. heartlegs macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    I completely understand and agree with your position. I started using the iPhone with the 3gs model, and have upgraded to every iteration since. I was pretty disappointed with the design of the 6 but was still attracted to the 6+. With this story breaking I've been checking the internet with irrational frequency hoping it would get debunked..... I have to say I've been seriously considering the note 4 instead.
  5. dfran1 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2008
    Where are the mods, this is way out of control, how many of these same type of thread do we need, mods merge please.
  6. tkukoc, Sep 24, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

    tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    There's no bendgate in my opinion. After seeing some of the videos of people bending their phones and comparing them to other devices it makes no sense. First of all no pressure monitoring system was setup other then force of a hand, well different force for difference people. Need to have a baseline and go from there. Secondly, comparing 6+ to a samsung device... well lets see the iphone back is made of the same as the sides. The samsung has a plastic, sometimes thick plastic backing which doesn't bend like the aluminum siding. Take the back off the samsung phone and do the bend test that way if you must.

    And finally... put a case on your device! If your so worried about it bending, get a case and live with it. Take care of your device. Even a cheap, clear and super thin hard plastic shell would stop the bend.
  7. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    tell me.

    How many users have reported the iphone bending issue:


    How many people have reported it outside macrumors: 2

    how many people have reported it on twitter/fb: 0

    For it to be an issue, it has to be statistically significant. 6 Million iPhones have been delivered. I would assume with an issue like this we would have at least 50 by now?? 50 would make it 0.05%. hell we haven't even reached 0.1%
  8. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Yeah, I actually mentioned I was worried about this prior to launch. You can't keep making devices thinner and wider/longer without using higher-strength materials. That being said, I doubt this will be a widespread issue. You can't put these things into tight pants—especially if you're going to be dancing like some people have mentioned.

    We all know Apple has invested in Liquidmetal. If I remember right, I think it's about twice as strong as titanium, but I'm not sure if it's radio transparent. Even so, when used in a design like the current iPhone, you could easily switch out the aluminum for Liquidmetal and keep the antenna bands where they are. I think another benefit of Liquidmetal is that you can mix in different colors fairly easy, and since the colors are embedded throughout the metal, if you scratch it won't be as noticeable as anodized aluminum. I bet Apple is either trying to figure out if they can make it radio transparent (if it isn't), and/or trying to bring down the cost. Remember, Apple developed a new type of gold that is twice as hard for the iWatch for crying out loud!
  9. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    Wasn't bending supposed to be a big issue at the launch of the iPhone 5? It just seemed to kind of... go away. My 5 is over two years old now and is straight as an arrow.

    I'm not saying it can't happen. I just think its overblown.
  10. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    if it is overblown we will make a thread and laugh at people who over reacted and sold thier plus's
  11. ematsui macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2009
  12. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Don't buy it then. Problem solved.

    Oh and by the way: iPhone 6 Is the Most Durable iPhone Yet

    Yes, it's a non issue, despite your personal feeling.
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    can the MODS not make a Bent thread sticky at the top to merge all these threads?
  14. bova80 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    if you can't feel the pressure in your pocket bending your phone you are an idiot. this whole thing is blown way out of proportion. the force needed to bend this thing in your pocket isn't such that would go un-noticed. Get off your soapbox.

    If you aren't happy take it back and buy something else, no one forced you to buy it.

    If I go out and kick a $10k cars door and it dents, should I not be able to kick a $100k cars door and it not dent?
  15. arliu macrumors regular

    May 1, 2011
    these bendgate threads getting me paranoid. I'm checking my phone all the time now. i think as long as you have a decent case on you will be fine
  16. Defiant81 macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2009
    I strongly encourage anyone to go to an apple store and try bending the iphone 6 plus discreetly.. You will be surprised..
  17. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Why use a logic? Be hysterical!! :D:D
  18. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    Your comparing apples to oranges.
    Problem with your comparison is putting your phone in your pocket is normal and what everyone basically does, your not gonna go out into a parking lot and find a bunch of people kicking their car door.
  19. javaGuru macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2007
    I remember reading somewhere on this forum where a few people who called Apple with concerns about their order were offered a free case. Now I can't help but wonder if this was Apple's way of trying to help prevent the phones from bending fairly easily.
  20. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    This is the reason for the bent phones in pockets.

  21. threelions macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2013
    The cultists can make all the excuses they want. People carry phones in their pockets and always have. For that reason it should be part of the testing process and if a material bends too easily then it shouldn't be used. This is Apple putting style over substance.
  22. spamurai macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
    I've had my 6+ since friday, and yesterday I had it in my pocket while I walked around my local city all day whilst listening to music.

    After reading these stories this morning, and looking at my phone today, I'm pretty sure it has in fact bent slightly from the buttons up which is quite annoying (but it's only slightly).

    But laying it on a flat surface, face down, it doesn't wobble and also, laying it down on its back with the camera off the edge of the table, it still doesn't wobble, but it definitely looks warped/bent at the top...

    With that said, I just purchased two strong cases from eBay and plan on using the strongest one permanently.

    I do think we'll see more and more stories like this though.
    If it gets too bad/too many cases, Apple will probably offer free strengthened/hard back cases for iPhone 6+ users much like they did years ago with the bumper case for iPhone 4's.
  23. Korican100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2012
    Its very simple. Up to this point, nobody had to worry if "slight pressure" was being applied in your pocket with their iPhone.

    Even though its bigger, this "bending issue" is a step backwards, not forwards.

    Anyway you look at it, its a flaw of the device in comparison of the track record of all previous iPhones.

    Now you have a device that will bend easier than any other iphone previously released -- this dictates you must negatively change the way you handle your device. Also, your phone is more susceptible to a bent battery which means you basically have a lithium bomb in your pocket.
  24. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    This does almost nothing unless a Mod happens to be reading/following the thread. Flag the OP and move on. They've been moving and locking threads already this morning.
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