Apple Opens Their Testing Facility For Media Inspection

The big guys really do get to have all of the fun!  Today, Apple allowed Josh Lowensohn from The Verge into an area that few outside of Apple’s inner-circle are allowed.  We’ve seen some of the fallout from #Bendgate, and though we know a relatively small number of iPhones were truly damaged (unintentionally, at least), Apple made the honorable decision to open up their facilities to members of  the press.

These are the sorts of tests that most all companies run in order to ensure their devices will meet and exceed the rigors that they’ll face during regular use.  Any phone will warp, bend, or break when exposed to extreme conditions, these tests are run to ensure that your phone isn’t going to melt because you put it in your pocket.


From The Verge:

Apple’s answer today, both in a statement and now in these testing facilities, is that the iPhone 6 is tough. It’s made with steel / titanium inserts designed to reinforce potential stress points, a special blend of aluminum Apple formulated itself, and ion-strengthened glass. But more important, Apple says, is that the iPhone 6 has been put through hundreds of tests, as well as tested in the pockets of thousands of Apple employees before consumers ever get their hands on it.

What’s the exact number of devices Apple went through before it was done? About 15,000 for each the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to the company. “The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are the most tested,” Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, told us today. “As we add more and more features, we have to find out a way to break them before customers do.”

It’s admirable of Apple to get out in front of this and show some of the testing that they do before products are released.  Admittedly, we all had some fun at their expense with #Bendgate, but this was definitely a quick turnaround for a company as secretive as Apple.  We’ve included a few of the photos from the Verge in the gallery below, head over to the source link for their full report and more photos.



  Source: The Verge

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