New iPhone 6s back shell is Apple’s own admission to #Bendgate

Remember the famous Bendgate iPhone 6 Plus scandal? It hasn’t been that long ago, but Bendgate became a famous black mark on Apple’s reputation when the company’s very first phablet, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, was highlighted for its design flaw. Unbox Therapy’s very own Lewis Hilsenteger made his way into the spotlight by showing how easily the iPhone 6 Plus could be bent when hand pressure was applied to it. Of course, “Lou” had to upload a second video regarding the issue because Apple fanboys scoffed and claimed he was anti-Apple – as though that would nullify the accuracy of the “bending” iPhone 6 Plus.

Well, Apple took time to show in a publicized interview that its testing lab works hard to ensure that such issues do not occur, despite the fact that Lou isn’t a bodybuilder and yet, he could bend an iPhone 6 Plus easily. The second bending video was performed outside of an Apple Store so as to give the suggestion of objectivity. Lou bent the second iPhone 6 Plus in a matter of seconds.

The issue with #Bendgate (which also became a favorite social media hashtag) concerned the volume rocker and power buttons of the iPhone 6 Plus; at the same location as the volume rocker, there was a design flaw in the material, allowing Lou to bend the same place on each iPhone 6 Plus.

Lou is back to take a look at the upcoming iPhone 6s, and he decided to weigh the section around the volume rocker/power button on the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6s (not the Plus version, mind you). The iPhone 6 Plus volume rocker/power button location weighed 1.14mm, while the iPhone 6s volume/power combo weighed in at 1.9mm, with the iPhone 6s volume/power location being nearly double in weight as that of the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 Plus volume power thickness

iPhone 6s volume power thickness

The same thing could be said for the Purple Haze Controversy that followed the iPhone 5 after it was released. Some tech reviewers wrote Apple complaining about a mysterious purple haze that appeared in every photo (whether indoors or outdoors) and Apple’s higher-up admins told one tech reviewer, who worked for tech site Gizmodo at the time, that he was “holding the iPhone wrong.” In other words, because he was holding it up at the sun, the sunlight was hitting the camera lens and producing the purple haze. Some say that the issue had been the camera lens, but Apple seems to have fixed the problem in the iPhone 5s.

Tim Cook went public after the scandal, claiming that “only 9” people had bending iPhones, but YouTube went wild with numerous individuals who claimed that their iPhone 6 Plus models were bending – even when placed in a front pant pocket (not a hip pocket). Even after the Bendgate whispers died down, Apple started counting the number of flawed iPhone 6 Plus models that were brought back or sent back to local Apple Stores.

In any case, it looks as though, in early examination, Apple intends to fix the design flaw with this year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The thickness of the location near the volume and power buttons tells the story, even if Apple says nothing at all. Check out Lou’s iPhone 6s examination at the source link below.


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