Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Bending Experiment a Growing Concern, Consumers Reports Claim iPhone bending Issue is Overblown
One of the most trending topics today is the alleged bending of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. This started when some photos spread online showing the latest iPhone showing the top of the portion of the phone bending out of shape. This was followed by a YouTube post by Lewis Hilsenteger, which shows the device bending with just his fingers applying the force.
After that, the speculations about the new iPhone spread like wildfire. The worst thing of all is that almost everybody is trying to conduct their own little "bending experiment." While there is nothing wrong with conducting such activity on your own iPhone 6, a lot of people now are going beyond what is acceptable by conducting the said "experiment" even inside an Apple Store on iPhones that they have not paid yet.
The latest of these happening came across in the form of a five-minute video that showcased two teenagers walking into an Apple Store. The two teenagers calmly bent an iPhone 6 +. They put too much pressure on the device that the screen popped up.
Because of all reports and the fear it generated from iPhone users, US Non-profit Consumer Reports conducted their own independent testing.
According to Consumer Reports, the result of their test shows that the rumored bending of iPhone 6 and 6+ are nothing more than an overblown story.
User reports and fears that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones are bending in trouser pockets are overblown, according to independent testing by the US non-profit Consumer Reports. Using a compression Testing Machine, Consumer reports tested not only the iPhone 6 and 6+, but also the iPhone 5, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One M8. Their conclusion states that "while nothing is indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should be able to withstand typical use."
Consumer Reports tested the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPhone 5 against the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One M8 using a compression testing machine to apply a "three-point flexural test", where a metered force is applied to the center of the phone while it is supported at each end.
It concluded that "while nothing is (evidently) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use."
Glenn Derene, electronics editor for Consumer Reports clarified that "while not the strongest smartphones on the market, fears of a serious structural design flaw in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seem overblown".
What does this tell us? Well, it shows that under normal conditions, the phone will be fine. But if abused, it has its limitations.
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