Soon after the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year some users took to social media to complain about bending iPhones and iPhone bendgate was born. The bending stories didn’t stop with regular users on Twitter, some tech journalist also reported the problem and soon more reports surfaced. YouTubers rushed to their local Apple Store to purchase an iPhone to bend on their channels, hoping to get enough views to cover the cost of the phone. iPhone bendgate became an Internet phenomenon even breaking into mainstream media reports.
After the dust settled, many months later, we’ve heard very little about iPhone’s bending and everyone seemed to be generally happy with their devices. But Apple hasn’t forgotten the controversy and this is why the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are constructed with 7000 series aluminum. Last years iPhone was constructed from 6000 series aluminum which is softer and easier to machine and manufacturer. While 6000 series aluminum is soft, it’s still strong and Apple assumed it would work just fine for the iPhone. They were mostly correct, as the reports of bent iPhones were actually very minimal compared to how many sold.
But to keep ahead of the possible butt bends this year Apple went with the 7000 series which actually makes it harder for the company to make. 7000 series aluminum is much more dense and rigid making it more difficult to machine, not impossible. The question is, is it good enough to withstand the skinny jeans and butt cheeks of millions of hipsters? One of those YouTuber’s who originally started bending iPhones (Unbox Therapy) in a successful attempt to grab views, got his hands on an iPhone 6s chassis which he put through another bend test.
As you can tell by the video the 7000 series aluminum is much stronger than the 6000 series and should hold up well against those millennial skinny pants and cheeks. But we won’t know for certain until the actual device is in those impossibly tight pockets. Makes me wonder if Apple needs a skinny jeans testing lab. #bendgate
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