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Don't Bend Your New iPhone
By: Jessica Cherok
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Some of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are getting an unwanted feature. The new, ultra-thin phones have a nasty habit of bending when left in a pocket while someone is sitting for long periods of time.

The thinner phones are easier to bend than previous, thicker versions. But the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are hardly the first of Apple’s smartphones to have this issue. The iPhone 5 and 5s were also susceptible to having their frames bent, either by dropping or prolonged pocket time.

Apple hasn’t made an statement or comment on the issue, but several accounts have been posted to MacRumors, including one 18-hour day of sitting that caused the phone to bend in the middle.

According to the MacRumors report:
“This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier. Unlike smaller phones that can slide out of the way, pressure points from sitting or bending now have greater potential to cause the longer iPhone to flex in a way that will damage the device. 

To prevent bending, iPhone 6 Plus owners may want to remove their iPhones from their pockets before sitting or bending. If a pocket is unavoidable, then customers may want to place their device in a roomier pocket that allows the device to slide out of the way. A rigid case may also provide protection from flexing or bending, as well damage from dropping the device.”

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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