Apple hopes to avoid another ‘bend-gate’ by using super strong aluminum: Metal used to make sports bikes to boost new iPhone

The newly launched phones by Apple— iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—have the slim aluminum and bent-gate features but the users are complaining that these phones bent out of shape after being placed in tight pockets.

With regards to this matter, Apple is rumored to be designing their next generation smartphones using stronger materials to avoid another ‘bend-gate’ feature. However, the forthcoming phone could still feature the same 7000 series aluminum as its forthcoming Apple Watch Sport edition which is reportedly also used in competition bicycles.

As reported by Taiwan-based Economic Daily News, the said material would make the next generation iPhone unbelievably 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6. According to Cult of Mac, the metal is the same as that to make professional sports bikes but Apple altered it to make it lighter. The aluminum used in its Sports watch was polished and tint zirconia beads were also used by Apple thereby creating the outer layer hard and scratch-proof.

Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, previously said ‘We believe this aluminum alloy sets a new standard both in the way it performs and the way it looks.’

The next generation iPhones, which are expected to be called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, are expected to launch in September which features A9 chip and Force Touch Feature as also featured in the Apple Watch. There would also be a possibility that a four-inch version of this iPhone called the iPhone 6c will be released by the Californian tech giant. Forbes also reported that the handset is made from a combination of 6000 series anodized aluminum and stainless steel with titanium inserts.

 

Going back to the main issue, few days after the launching of the iPhone 6, users have revealed that these phones can be bent out of shape when stowed in a pocket.

Trudy Muller, Apple’s spokeswoman, said with regards to the ‘bend gate’ issue “with normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.”

 

Several tests have showed that the phone will bend out of shape in less than 100lbs of pressure which will also happen to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. When some users claimed the iPhone 5 and later the iPhone 5S had a similar weakness, accusations of unintentionally bendy handsets have determined Apple since 2012.

 

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