iPhone 6 - Bent

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The heralded rollout of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be about to go in the tank.

Most of us have already heard the stories of the new phones bending in the pockets of some of its new owners.

Well Consumer Reports performed a test of the integrity of the devices and found the pressure required to alter the shape of the phone was just seventy pounds.

Yep, that’s 7-0 pounds! That’s still a significant amount of pressure, but much less than other smart phones.

Obviously the company never considered the downside of switching from a steel chassis to one made of aluminum. I guess it’s the price one pays for the lighter weight.

It’ll be interesting to see if executives at Apple Inc. will replace the damaged devices and modify the design specs.

Consumer reports somewhat downplays the issue. But here’s the results of their tests, which includes other popular phones.

DeformationCase separation
HTC One (M8)70 pounds90 pounds
Apple iPhone 670 pounds100 pounds
Apple iPhone 6 Plus90 pounds110 pounds
LG G3130 pounds130 pounds
Apple iPhone 5130 pounds150 pounds
Samsung Galaxy Note 3150 pounds150 pounds

The results are significantly below other phone designs. In other words, if you carry it in your pants or trouser pockets, prepare for an unpleasant surprise.

I wonder if this would have happened if Steve Jobs was still with us?

To read the full report, click here.