Apple's IPhone 6 Found Tough to Bend by Consumer Reports

Bloomberg News

's new iPhones, facing an Internet outcry about their malleability, proved difficult to bend and fit for daily use in lab tests run by Consumer Reports magazine.

Stress tests on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with comparable smartphones from competitors, showed that it took 'significant force' to damage any of the devices, Consumer Reports said in results of a study published on its website. HTC Corp.'s HTC One M8 and Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Note 3 were among the other devices.

'All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough,' the report said. 'We expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.'

Following uproar in social media including claims the new iPhone 6 Plus bends if it's sat upon or if enough pressure is placed on it, Apple has said bending of its devices is 'extremely rare.' Only nine customers had contacted Apple about a bent iPhone 6 Plus, the Cupertino, California-based company said in a Sept. 25 statement.

The iPhone 6 Plus began to deform after 90 pounds of force was applied and the iPhone 6 stood up to pressure until 70 pounds was applied, the same as the HTC One M8, according to Consumer Reports. The Galaxy Note 3 was damaged at 150 pounds. All devices withstood 55 pounds, the force needed to break three pencils, the magazine said.

'Bear in mind that it took significant force to do this kind of damage to all these phones,' Consumer Reports said. 'Both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies.'

The iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch screen device, which is the biggest smartphone in Apple's lineup, became available for sale last week, along with the other new model, the iPhone 6.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Chediak in San Francisco at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at Carlos Caminada, Joe Sabo


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