Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones in Pockets

As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.

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Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted.

This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier. Unlike smaller phones that can slide out of the way, pressure points from sitting or bending now have greater potential to cause the longer iPhone to flex in a way that will damage the device.

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To prevent bending, iPhone 6 Plus owners may want to remove their iPhones from their pockets before sitting or bending. If a pocket is unavoidable, then customers may want to place their device in a roomier pocket that allows the device to slide out the way. A rigid case may also provide protection from flexing or bending, as well damage from dropping the device.

Top Rated Comments

TWSS37 Avatar
101 months ago
You're sitting wrong?
Score: 195 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bigandtasty Avatar
101 months ago
so the new iPhone 6' do have curved screens :)
Score: 112 Votes (Like | Disagree)
barkomatic Avatar
101 months ago
Good design isn't just about making a smartphone ever thinner or more beautiful--but practical. If the device can't survive in reasonable, real world usage then there is a problem.

Now we'll hear from people that will insist that putting a smartphone in your pocket is irresponsible and reckless abuse.
Score: 106 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mohdamerul Avatar
101 months ago
Samsung in the middle of shooting an ad regarding bending as we speak :p
Score: 93 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
101 months ago
Thinner phone made of aluminum which is a malleable metal. Can't say that I'm surprised. Disappointed yes, surprised no :(
Score: 86 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lamerica80 Avatar
101 months ago
Is that an iPhone 6 plus in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Score: 80 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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