No More #BendGate for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

No More #BendGate for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
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Apparently, Apple already learned its lesson.

According to a report by the Economic Daily News, the upcoming new iPhone series will no longer be as vulnerable as its predecessor, as Apple plans to use the heavy-duty 7000 series aluminum— the same metal used by bike manufacturers to create sturdy competition bicycles— for its upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus devices.

The same report also suggests that the 7000 series aluminum will also make up the shell of the forthcoming Apple Watch Sports Edition, which the company plans to launch for the sports-savvy iPhone users.

It can be recalled that Apple was under fire just days after the launch of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile phones last year after consumers found that their handsets easily bent even though they were just sitting inside their pockets.

Apple then tried to downplay their predicament and released a statement through spokeswoman Trudy Muller that said:

“With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.”

But tests independently conducted by several individuals as well as companies showed that both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus easily bent out of shape when placed under 100 lbs of pressure.

It also appeared that the case is the same for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.

Now Apple plans to address this vulnerability by using the 7000 series aluminum, which, according to Cult Mac, is the same metal that bike manufacturers use to create heavy duty competition bikes— but made a lot lighter.

The 7000 series aluminum Apple uses for its yet-to-be-launched Apple Watch Sports Edition undergoes a series of processes to make the metal smoother and lighter.

The aluminum is first polished before it is anodized, which is done by using tint zirconia beads, which is meant to make the device’s outer layer surface hard and scratch-proof.

Apple Senior Vice President John Ive recently said that they believe the type of aluminum the company plans to use on its devices sets a new standard. He told:

“We believe this aluminum alloy sets a new standard both in the way it performs and the way it looks.”

The forthcoming iPhone series, which is predicted to be called iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, is expected to be released some time in September of this year. A four-inch version of the previously released iPhone 6 is also expected to be launchee around the same time, which others speculate the company will call the iPhone 6C.


  • xSentaru says:

    There was once in history of the infamous Walkman, when Sony was making these fragile and sophisticated designs for their devices. You applied force, the thing would break. In the end, the “sports” model was more popular, a more bulky and made of yellow plastic version. You could even throw it across the room, it would just work fine. One alternative to buying the sports model was to get the cheapest possible Walkman, which ended up costing around $20, and just replace it whenever it broke.
    It kind of looks like that’s where we’re headed with smartphones. Part of me wants to say that people should take better care of their expensive things they buy. Smartphones have become so essential that we are thoroughly casual about them.

    I do hope they won’t be making the same mistake with the new iPhone 6S. I don’t want to see populated again, haha!

  • oraclemay says:

    Well, I can’t say that I did not expect something like this from Apple. They always endeavour to maintain the highest standards for their products and I assumed they would remedy the bending problem the same way they do with all their product issues. However, I do not understand why anyone would want to put so much weight on their phone! It’s a phone, not a scale! I know iPhones are capable of many things, but really!

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