Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not as weak as some original reports suggested, amid fresh evidence that the two devices are capable of withstanding high pressure before bending out of shape.
That’s the conclusion of hugely influential US consumer website Consumer Reports, which ran a series of tests on the pair of new Apple phones. The ‘three point textural test’ saw testers place steady pressure at either end and increase pressure at a central point on each device.
While recent reports of Apple's vetting process revealed the handsets can withstand 55 pounds (25kg), Consumer Reports staged a series of tests beyond that figure.
The iPhone 6 Plus managed to handle 90 pounds (41 kg) before deforming, the iPhone 6 taking 70 pounds (32kg).
At 100 pounds (45kg) the latter began coming apart, while the iPhone 6 Plus took 110 pounds (49kg) before its frame started breaking.
By comparison, HTC’s One M8 bent at 70 pounds and broke completely at 90 pounds.
LG’s G3 hit both stages at 130 pounds, while the iPhone 5 handled up to 130 pounds and broke at 150 pounds. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was unusable after taking 150 pounds.
Interestingly, the Samsung phone was the only one which stopped working. While others showed signs of physical damage, they were still useable.
These findings suggest that any problems Apple has suffered are the extreme end and that iPhone 6 owners are unlikely to be able to give their new phones the bendy treatment.