Apple has finally responded to the whole “bendgate” fiasco and it looks like things isn’t as bad as we all thought. Even though pictures and videos of bendable iPhone 6 Plus’ have been making headlines around the internet, Apple says that they have only received 9 complaints so far, out of over 10 million total iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold.
The company even invited several media into their test lab to see how an iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus gets pushed, twisted and crushed before they are released to the public.
Re/code was one of the publications invited and in their video, you can see how an iPhone 6 Plus goes through a series of torture tests. According to Phil Schiller, Vice President of Apple’s Worldwide Marketing, said that the new iPhones are made with high-grade aluminum, the “strongest glass in the industry”, and has stainless steel and titanium insert to strengthen its body.
Before the iPhones gets released, about 15,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were put through an exhaustive testing process. Some of the test shown by Apple includes putting 25kg weight onto the iPhone 6 Plus on both hard and soft surface. This test is to stimulate a person sitting on the phone and after “thousands of times”, the phone will remain unscathed. Other tests includes a three-point bend test that is probably the most relevant to the bend test we saw earlier, a pressure point test and a torsion test. The result? Check out re/code’s video below:
Apple says that more tests are done on each phone but these are the only ones they will unveil. So why does the iPhone 6 Plus still bend? According to Dan Riccio, the Senior Vice President of Apple’s Hardware Engineering says that in certain cases, if users apply a lot of stress beyond a natural point of deformation, the phone can “take a set”.
For those of you who really want to get the iPhone 6 Plus, is the whole bendgate issue making you worried?