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iPhone 6S and 6S Plus rumoured to be thicker to prevent repeat of bendgate

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus rumoured to be thicker to prevent repeat of bendgate

After all the furore over bendgate with the iPhone 6 last autumn - the complaints, the denials and the eye-popping YouTube clips - it should come as little surprise to see a little extra girth on the upgraded model.

You may or may not recall, but Apple was forced on the defensive in September when iPhone 6 users flocked online to complain about an apparent design flaw with their super-slim, super-light iPhones which left them with banana-shaped handsets.

The problem was purportedly especially prevalent when customers sat down with their new phones in their back pockets.

It was a bad scene all round. And with the furore in mind, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities forecasts that Apple has opted to make the next-generation iPhone 6S thicker by around 0.2mm to avoid a repeat performance.

In a research note summarised by Macotakara, he also claimed the new handset will also be wider and taller by about 0.15mm.

A 7.1mm thick iPhone should be more difficult to bend out of shape than a 6.9mm model. But according to Kuo, this isn't the main reason for the design change.

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Instead, he pointed to the inclusion of the rumoured Force Touch display, which first appeared in the spring on the Apple Watch and the more recent MacBooks.

Kuo said that in order for the iPhone 6S to offer a pressure-sensitive screen it needs more space for the requisite electronics.

It remains to be seen whether the prediction proves accurate, but the KGI man has a solid track record of predicting mobile innovations.

Whether or not Apple may have opted for a slightly thicker - or at least reinforced - device anyway, regardless of Force Touch, is a moot point.

The tech giant has promoted the slimline design of its devices for years, but will have been horrified to see its rivals leap on the negative press surrounding its 'flimsy' iPhones.

Apple execs are no doubt eager to avoid any repeat; knowing the likes of Samsung, Google and Microsoft will look for any stick to beat the company with.



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