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iPhone 6 Plus owners claiming devices ‘bent’ after sitting in front pockets


iPhone 6 Plus
Photos credit Mac Rumors

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.

Is your iPhone 6 Plus doing an impersonation of the Samsung Galaxy Round too? Share your experiences below.

Read more: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Via: Gizmodo


September 23, 2014, 8:13 pm

You shouldn't be putting tablets in your pockets. Remember when phones were suppose to be getting smaller, and jeans were suppose to be comfortable to wear.

I call BS on the person who kept his phone in his pocket for 18 hours. We all know smartphone users can't go 15 minutes without looking at their phone or posting an update.


September 23, 2014, 9:27 pm

This is sad, I always put the note 2 in my pocket and it never bent like this once. They should be sued for this crappy design.

Kiyoshi Richards

September 24, 2014, 1:52 am

The easy thing to do is say not to put them in your pocket. Even though men don't carry purses. You should hold your shiny new iPhone only in your hand. Unless you have a murse.

The fact of the matter is this is the note series has no such issues and can be placed comfortably in the pockets of most people and not have a bending issue.

10 million potentially effected is the other side of the coin.

Now Android users have big phones you can treat like a normal phone. Will that be 2 years for the iphone? At what point do apple users demand quality in return for loyalty?

It's another thing. One that should have no excuses at this stage in design from apple. Period.

Prem Desai

September 24, 2014, 8:14 am

Had Steve Jobs been around, I'd have loved to hear his comments on this.
He'd probably have blamed the shape of the pockets or the angle of the legs when you sit down!!


September 24, 2014, 8:15 am

this is due to ALL of the media fawning over these prods instead of ACTUALLY REVIEWING THEM. #gamergate


September 24, 2014, 9:52 am

Cant understand why people spend so much on a phone then shove it in their pocket with little regard, mine always sits in an inside coat pocket when I'm not using it


September 24, 2014, 9:52 am

What? No one said it: You're carrying it wrong.


September 24, 2014, 12:05 pm

I think the biggest mistake Apple made with the 6, was making it so thin. If they had made it the same thickness as the camera then the design & durability would have been much better. The extra thickness could have also led to a class leading battery life. I think my desire for 6+ is fading fast.

Kulti Vator

September 24, 2014, 12:55 pm

You wear a coat on hot summer days?


September 24, 2014, 12:56 pm

Actually I tend to wear a very light jacket to avoid sunburn. Besides, this isnt Nevada


September 24, 2014, 12:59 pm

Had a few people who pre-ordered the 6+ cancel their orders today after seeing this. Interesting


September 24, 2014, 2:29 pm

its a massive bender

Major Sceptic

September 24, 2014, 8:17 pm

Yes the old note is pretty robust, i have given mine a very hard time, plenty of times I have done something clumsy with it and had plenty of those moments where I thought oh bugger it must be broken(goodbye $800.00 bucks ). ........ I will have to buy a new phone........
Only to pick it up and it is still in good working order.
It makes me laugh at how some people have put the plastic galaxy phones down because they don't have a pretty sheet metal case.

Kulti Vator

September 24, 2014, 9:05 pm

Bet your pits smell nice.

Seriously dude, lose a layer, get some sunscreen and live a little. ;-)

I've been careful with my previous smartphones and PDAs, so don't see this as a show-stopper for a potential iPhone 6+ purchase in the future. There's no way I'd have sat with a plastic Nokia or Palm 3c in my back pocket back in the day, didn't kill me to use my initiative and treat such devices with the respect they deserved.

Besides, thinner is the way pretty much all tech is heading, so the iPhone wont be the last piece of consumer electronics to be challenged by the jeans pocket test.


September 25, 2014, 1:20 am

I had a Sony Ultra - which I did put in my 'none skinny pockets'. Liked the phone, but did always have to remove it when bending/sitting - it did flex as it was so thin. Got in the car a few months ago (with the phone in my pocket). When I took it out it was cracked/completely unusable (3k HKD to fix it!! = bin) - the glass made it more brittle/I cannot remember any impact? Very happy with a HTC M8 - a pocket friendly (5"). I can see the Iphone 6 outselling the plus by a margin.


September 25, 2014, 2:08 am

what about if you buy a hard case for the iphone 6, I am about to buy one but also had a problem with a mac computer that mother board was defective and they did not gave me a penny for it.


September 25, 2014, 7:19 am

Gets me a seat to myself on public transport :-)
I dont think it will kill the 6+, Apple will issue a statement eventually, probably along the lines of "you're wearing your trousers wrong" and they will eventually tweak the design around that weak spot at the bottom of the side buttons.
I just don't get how people can be so cavalier with something so costly, I know the ethos of disposable products is all prevalent now but at this cost I don't think they are quite in the throwaway bracket.

Kulti Vator

September 25, 2014, 8:22 am

> Gets me a seat to myself on public transport :-)

LOL - shiny Nivea sunscreen forehead has a similar effect...
Everyone thinks you look like a sweaty, feverish psycho - your personal space will never be invaded again :-P

> I just don't get how people can be so cavalier with something so costly, I know the ethos of disposable products is all prevalent now but at this cost I don't think they are quite in the throwaway bracket.

I find a rucksack / messenger bag goes a long way to solving the problem if you're out without a suit or pocket-laden cargo pants - certainly beats them awful phone-belt-holster thingies.


September 25, 2014, 9:09 am

If Jobs was still around, such a large screen iPhone would never have been released. Ditto iPad Mini.

He didn't see the point of large screen phone or smaller screen tablet, therefore Apple and the world didn't see the point.


September 25, 2014, 9:13 am

Gah, belt holsters, handgun substitutes for the chronically emasculated. The only people that need to get to their phone with that quick draw action are doctors, police and firemen and then only when they are working.

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