An iPhone 6 Plus after a 3-point flexural test (Photo courtesy of Consumer Reports)

by Margaret Okakpu

By now many have heard, and maybe even witnessed, the attention being made over the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The phones are bigger, slimmer, and apparently more bendable then ever.

It all started when some customers began to notice that their iPhone 6 Plus was a little warped along the sides. Some claimed that after putting their iPhone in their pocket and sitting on it, they found their phones slightly bent upon removal.

Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy released two videos in which he bent the iPhone 6 Plus almost in half by hand, claiming it hadn’t taken much force to do so.

Others went on to conduct their own stress tests. Danny and Kylie, two 15-year-olds, went into the Apple Store and bent display phones and put the footage YouTube.

Despite the outrage, there are still some outlets that are standing firm that BendGate has been overblown. The phone bends, but so does everything else you apply massive amounts of pressure to. According to the study conducted by Consumer Reports, the iPhone 6 took 70 lbs of force in order to sever the screen from the phone while it took 90 lbs to do so on the iPhone 6 Plus. While these phones were incredibly disfigured, they were still functional. They found it took about 100-110 lbs to bend the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the breaking point.

According to Apple, “with normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” and told customers if they had any questions, to contact them.

So what does all this mean for us consumers? The iPhone 6 will not bend under normal use; if you are going out of your way to bend it, as with pretty much any other smart phone, it will bend.

So yes, you are free to put your iPhone in your pocket if you choose. However, with the 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively, it’s safe to say that it might not be the most comfortable fit.

While the bendability of the new iPhone is an issue, if you aren’t actively trying to bend yours, it shouldn’t be bent. It should also be noted that bending isn’t covered in the 90-day warranty.