Throughout the last week, the internet has been abuzz over claims that the iPhone 6 Plus device that exploded onto the market this month – would bend, under relatively little amounts of stress.

Though Apple vehemently denied the claims, photos that were going around the internet claimed to show iPhone’s with mild bends – which was exploited by a weakness in the frame of the phone.

Finally, questions of the iPhone’s durability has been put to the test, and the results show a phone that is actually significantly more durable than the internet would have you believe.


The results from a test found that the iPhone 6 was actually less robust than the iPhone 6 Plus – which is the device that so many said bent after a day of being in a pocket, or other seemingly harmless actions.

The iPhone 6 can withstand roughly 70 pounds of force before the body of the device will be deformed – and the device will come undone from its casing at 100 pounds.

The iPhone 6 Plus can withstand 90 pounds of force before bending, and 110 pounds of pressure before splitting.

However, the test indicated that the curators of the test were even able to make phone calls, and continue using the touchscreen normally after the bending, and separation.

Previous reports have also indicated that just 9 customers have complained about a bent iPhone 6, or 6 Plus to Apple themselves.

Which begs the question; is this a case of overreaction?

Apple replacing bent iPhone 6 Plus for free, if it clears ‘Visual Mechanical Inspection’ test

Without question, stories explode on the internet. After all, this is the viral age. However, it would appear clear that combining the fact that an independent group has conducted a study to test the strength and durability of the iPhones, along with the fact that the company itself only has had 9 complaints about an iPhone bending – that this might be just that.

It has long been said that iPhones have been becoming less, and less durable as time goes on. However, it’s unclear to see how they will stand the test of time, in the long run. Most iPhone users agreed to a new two-year agreement, so it would be interesting to see how these standup against the life of their two-year contract agreements.

Source: ConsumerReports