Today we’re going to be talking about why your iPhone 6 Plus bends.
If you’ve been on the internet and social media networks or TV, you’ve probably seen a story about the iPhone 6 Plus bending. And a good friend of mine, Lewis from Unbox Therapy, has posted a couple of videos that kind of show how easily and (kind of) pathetically the iPhone 6 Plus feels especially if you can bend it with your bare hands. That video is completely 100% absolutely true. The iPhone 6 Plus can bend and quite easily actually. this video is not actually meant to add more fuel to the fire or really to make any more conspiracies about Lewis making this video of an iPhone 6 Plus bending because I really wanted to explain why this iPhone 6 Plus can bend and just how to avoid it.
So the iPhone 6 Plus is a big sheet of aluminum. And aluminum is a very soft and malleable material. And malleable is the very keyword there because that means really easy to deform. You see aluminum beer cans, aluminum soda cans. People make aluminum things just to be more lightweight and more flexible. Aluminum is a great material to really accept shockwaves and impacts because it will deform. It doesn’t just fall like a complete rock. That’s why you see modern day cars actually use aluminum instead of an iron block and that’s really for a safety precaution. So instead of building up pressure inside an engine, inside a faulty engine, the aluminum expands and lets that pressure out to better your engine to cut off. And in an iron block, usually it just builds up that pressure until it basically blew up inside.
So the problem with the iPhone 6 Plus is it’s quite a large device and it’s one thin sheet of aluminum. Inside, basically just plastic components, motherboard, the battery—these things are not structures. These things are internals of the phone. They’re not really bolted on to the back of this phone. They’re just inside this device and there’s no metal beams inside the iPhone 6 so really, there’s no structure except for that external aluminum shell. And when you have such a large amount of it and a very vast amount of it, you can bend it quite easily because (again) there’s not that much compact things inside the iPhone 6 Plus to keep it all in order.
On the other side of the story is should we really take it super seriously that the iPhone 6 Plus bends? Honestly, I think we’re taking this way too over the top with the iPhone 6 Plus bending. And again, unless you’re exerting lots of force or wear really tight pants and like to do Yoga or do somersaults every day, you’re really not going to see a lot of bending in your iPhone 6 Plus. As long as you take care of it as a relatively great device that you have in your pocket, then you should be fine. Unless you’re putting a lot of force on the back of that phone and making that phone bend, you should be okay.
But everyone has to accept that aluminum is a great lightweight material and yes, it does bend. That’s the purpose of aluminum. It’s a very malleable material. If you wanted an iPhone to be made of iron, it would weight about half a pound and I’m pretty sure most of you don’t want to have a half a pound to 1 pound of the iPhone in your pocket every single day.
So take it as you want to take it here. It’s the iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, it’s going to bend more easily than the iPhone 6 or really any other device because it is made out of aluminum but it’s lightweight, thin, it’s a great design and you should accept it for what it is. We don’t need to be adding more fuel to the fire in terms of the iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate. It’s going to bend. You can bend a lot of things. If you had anything made out of aluminum and that kind of thin aluminum, you’re going to bend it. I could bend it, you could bend it, and anyone could bend it. So let’s try to stop with this whole Bendgate of the iPhone 6 Plus. We already know what it does, we already know how it does it so why don’t we just all get over it? I mean, seriously guys. iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate, yes it does happen. Just drop it.
Make sure to leave a comment below. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus and you’ve had some bending under a normal circumstance in terms of having it in your pocket and not exerting actual force on the iPhone 6 Plus, then maybe leave a comment or send a photo to my Twitter and we can talk about it a little bit more.