Apple heavily markets the iPhone 6 Plus as the thinnest and largest smartphone that it has ever released, but a new report claims that the ultra-thin 5.5-millimeter chassis has led to a growing number of users accidentally bending the smartphone in their pocket. The problem is informally becoming known as “bent-gate.”In a discussion thread on the MacRumors forums, several users have been engaged in a conversation about the issue since Sunday morning. The original poster Hanzoh shared the following story about how his iPhone 6 Plus, pictured above, became slightly bent after a night of sitting and dancing at a wedding.
“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 iPhones slightly distorted. Now I lay it flat with the display side on the table, take a look.”
The iPhone 6 Plus is certainly not the first Apple smartphone to be prone to bending. Over the past few years, similar reports have also surfaced about the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s in isolated incidents. As the iPhone 6 is thinner than its predecessors, however, damage from pressure points could be even more common or worse.
Unfortunately, there are few precautions that iPhone 6 Plus owners can take to protect their device from bending. Of course, a general recommendation would be to avoid putting the smartphone in a tight pocket that could put pressure on the device; at the same time, this makes using the phone much more inconvenient.A protective case could also go a long way towards preventing the iPhone 6 Plus from bending, especially more durable options like those sold by OtterBox or LifeProof.Has your iPhone 6 Plus survived your pocket so far?