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.