Following an internet uproar over the apparent bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has finally responded by asking everyone to just calm down: CNBC Tech says the company has only heard nine complaints so far about bendy phones, and Apple asserts that under normal everyday use, they'll hold up just fine.
Re/code confirms the statement. Nine is certainly a small number given the 10 million iPhones Apple sold (though it's not clear how many of those were 6 versus 6 Plus) in just the first three days it was available. And one would imagine that if the mere act of carrying the phone around in your pocket were enough to bend your big phone, it would have happened to more people by now.
But it's still not clear what "everyday use" means to Apple, and it's still a science fact that an aluminum rectangle as tall and thin as the iPhone 6 Plus (or any of a number of large smartphones) is going to be prone to some bending if handled aggressively, even ones with thin steel reinforcement.
So yes, under brutal treatment, the iPhone 6 Plus will definitely bend more than other handsets as evidenced by this highly unscientific test:
But the question now is whether the new phone is so fragile that it can't stand up to the everyday pocketing, phoning and texting you expect a phone to endure. The answer seems to be that even if it does, it's so small—so far, at least—that it's barely noticeable. Wired's Mat Honan found an "almost imperceptible" bend in the iPhone he was reviewing, as did Business Insider's Steve Kovach. It'll likely be months before we know if that slight bend is the extent of the issue, or if it worsens over time.
For now, though, if Apple's complaint rate is anything to go by, your big flat phone isn't going to turn into U any time soon.
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