By Tuesday, the device’s fifth day on the market, a few tech blogs were reporting complaints from Apple Inc. AAPL -1.15% iPhone 6 Plus owners that their new smartphones were bending when placed in their pants pockets.
The reports were followed up by a video posted by a video blog called Unbox Therapy, which “for the sake of science,” conducted an iPhone 6 Plus bend test on camera. In the 4.5-minute video, Unbox Therapy showed that the larger iPhone 6 Plus bent slightly as host Lewis Hilsenteger applied pressure to the device with his hands.
“Unfortunate, but under the pressure of my hand, it does bend quite significantly,” Hilsenteger says in the video. “Bottom line: Here is an aluminum phone, it is going to bend if you apply enough pressure, like I just did. … Not necessarily the piece of information you want to receive as owners of this new device.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but stay tuned. Whether this news will have an effect on sales of what is expected to be Apple’s next hot iPhone is yet to be seen. It may turn out that consumers are warned not to stow the iPhone 6 Plus in pockets.