Apple’s iPhone 6s+ ends concerns about ‘bend gate’

iPhoneIconXOne of the more publicized product limitations that Apple has had to deal with recently was what ultimately became known as Bend Gate. This was where the larger iPhone 6+ would bend with relative ease, and result in misshapen devices from basic actions like sitting with the phone in one’s pocket, or leaning against a ledge. While this problem appeared to have been inherent to the larger form factor of the 6+, Apple seems to have fixed it with the iPhone 6s series.

In the iPhone 6s, Apple has used a new 7000-series aluminum alloy, and applied engineering to structure the phone in ways that highly resist bending. In a recent demonstration video, you can see the new iPhone 6s+ undergoing tremendous manual pressure, and ultimately requiring two people to purposefully attempt to bend the unit, before it finally warps (and only by a little bit). The new 7000-series aluminum’s strength in comparison to the older iPhone’s 6063-series aluminum can be seen in this recent demonstration video (YouTube).

Ultimately, the new iPhone 6s+ appears to have done away with its susceptibility to bending. At most, you may see some bending near the controls, where the chassis’ continuity is disrupted by the ports and holes for buttons, but even this requires immense pressure to bend. In essence, if you have been avoiding purchasing an iPhone 6+ because of Bend Gate, you may find the latest model will have done away with your concerns. Perhaps further analysis will quantify the differences in strength between the two models, but for now we have a clear demonstration of the new iPhone’s structural integrity.

Check out the iPhone bending demonstration here:

5 thoughts on “Apple’s iPhone 6s+ ends concerns about ‘bend gate’

  1. Think

    I expect bad info from other tech sites bit not from you. Did you not see Apple’s and Consumer Reports load and bend testing that completely made liars out of the bend gate crowd? They showed and proved that it required a huge amount of force to bend the iPhone 6 plus. Repeatedly.

    I’ll find the links to the articles and post back later today with them. Bad bad reporting here.

    1. Topher Kessler Post author

      I am only outlining the new aluminum used should put any controversy to rest. It might take little force or a lot of force, and ultimately might not be an issue to many people, but for those concerned the new phone should resist bending much more. However, despite tests, one argument might be if this was a nonissue, then why would Apple go to lengths to use far more expensive alloys (7000 series) that tarnish easier, for the same phone model if there isn’t any problem with the prior alloys used?

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