Reports on Tuesday have highlighted a small number of iPhone 6 Plus users who are claiming their device’s frame became distorted after carrying it in their pockets.
Users on the MacRumors forums have posted pictures of the 5.5-inch devices clearly slowing contortion of the smartphone's build.
While this might be expected if users are carrying the phones in their back pockets and sitting down a lot, those posting the pictures claim to have been holstering the new iPhone 6 Plus in their front pockets.
One owner, posting under the name ‘hanzoh’ claimed he noticed his device had been damaged after keeping it in his front pocket for around 18 hours.
He wrote: “Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left front pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly. As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhone slightly distorted.”
The user speculated that at 5.5-inches, the iPhone 6 Plus’ sleek 7.1mm frame might be just a little bit too thin for the device to handle. Or maybe, his pants pockets were just really tight?
Another forums member, 'DevinPitcher', posted a picture of a friend’s device, which is the lower of the two shown above. That user claimed his phone bent after he got out of the car while in his front pocket.
Of course, this isn’t a completely new issue. We’ve heard of iPhone’s bending under duress before, but having made the devices thinner and more elongated Apple may have caused them to be more more prone to distortion.
We’ve reached out to the company for a statement on the apparent issue and will update this article if a response is forthcoming.
In the meantime, iPhone 6 Plus users, you might want to restrict the amount of time the handset stays in your pocket while you’re sitting down. Especially if you’re used to wearing skinny jeans.
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