“Bendgate.” Great name, not much fact. My feelings about Apple culture aside, let’s get real for a second. How much force does it really take to bend an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and how does that compare to other popular phones? Apple has already shown off their facility, but now some independent tests have put them up against the iPhone 5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So, how did they all fare? Per Consumer Reports:
“The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smart phones. Throughout most of our test, the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 bent, then recovered completely from each step up in force. But at 130 pounds, the case of the G3 fractured. At 150 pounds of force, the Note 3’s screen splintered and it stopped working. […] While nothing is (evidentally) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.”
Given the millions of units sold, the “whopping” 9 (yes nine) official complaints files about bending iPhones, and the third-part testing above, I think you see what’s going on here.