iPhone 6 Subjected to Bend Test, Proves More Durable Than iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has been receiving a huge amount of attention over the last day, following reports of users seeing significant bending after placing the phone in a pocket.

A video made yesterday demonstrated just how far the iPhone 6 Plus is able to bend, and now the video's creator, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, has created a second video to test the iPhone 6 and several other Android devices.

The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 6 Plus bent significantly near the volume buttons under the force inflicted by Hilsenteger, he is unable to do as much damage to the iPhone 6. Aside from a small dent, the phone remains intact. "This one is far more durable," he says.

Based on his preliminary testing, Hilsenteger does not believe that iPhone 6 users will see the same issues that some iPhone 6 Plus users are seeing in regards to bending. As we noted yesterday, it's unlikely that the force Hilsenteger used in the original video will be replicated inside of a pocket, but photos of bent iPhone 6 Plus devices have suggested that it does not take much force to cause a slight curvature in the device.

Bending issues are not limited to the iPhone 6 Plus, as bending has been seen in prior versions of the iPhone, including the iPhone 5 and 5s.

Apple has not commented on the iPhone 6 Plus bending incidents, but iPhone 6 Plus owners can likely prevent bending by removing the phone from their pockets before sitting or by placing the device in a rigid protective case.

Article Link: iPhone 6 Subjected to Bend Test, Proves More Durable Than iPhone 6 Plus
 

Leonard1818

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At this point, it's obvious: Macrumors is TRYING to polarize people... It's now newsworthy!!
 

Leonard1818

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Plus... how is it "surprising" that a shorter piece of metal takes more force to bend than a longer piece? (in reference to the line starting "surprisingly...")
 

WalterNeff

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Surprisingly?

"Surprisingly, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus"

Why would that be surprising?
 

bawbac

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JS: "But it did bend...."

Why did they not do a test with it in their pockets to repro the environment in which is has been reported to bend...
 

Tubamajuba

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Not sure how it's surprising that the smaller phone would be less bendable.

Y'know, physics and all that good stuff.
 

rish

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Anyone who thinks that they can argue their lack of awareness and common sense concerning the placement of an iPhone 6 + in a normal sized pocket without ramifications has got to be a first class imbecile.

I cannot believe the idiocy that's out there.

Well at least the iPhone 6 fared well.
 

OrangeSVTguy

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The only time my 5s bent like that was when it slipped out of my pocket as I was closing my car door. Too bad the glass on the front and back didn't survive lol.

BTW: what's up with the extremely skinny format on the forums on the iPhone?
 

rstone3

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So, your saying I shouldn't cram a large phablet / phone in my tight jeans pocket and sit down? But I'll miss having all that pain...
 

carrrrrlos

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What is our fascination w/ the destruction of mobile tech? One day when robots rule, our overlords will hunt down these youtubers and have them quarter horsed.
 

Icaras

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Another bullet point of good reasons for me picking the iPhone 6. :)

Nothing against the 6 Plus of course. Just happy that I made the right choice, personally. I'm a small guy so a 6 Plus would probably experience more stress in my jeans.
 

Jungo

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wow....

wow... THIS guy again ? and who wears a bb cap backwards STILL ... Yi
 

TallManNY

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"Surprisingly, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus"

Why would that be surprising?
Well not too surprising. But the 4.7 is also thinner. So being thinner should make it more malleable.
 

scottsjack

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Holy Crap. Can Apple news get any better (for Samsung) today? I though I was having a bad day at work (and I am) but I would not want to be in Cupertino today dealing with the several "gates" making the news.
 

DudeDad

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If I try to bend my iPad Air, I can crack it. Based on that, I've concluded that you try to break something, you probably can. Therefore, I will not put my iPad Air in my pants (unless I'm home and lonely, but that's another issue).