I’m once again shocked by the state of tech journalism, which seems more and more to be unvetted stories of aggregated topics trending on the Internet than actual news. This time, the media has picked up a video of a man bending an iPhone 6+ with his bare hands in what he describes as a “scientific test.” The initial rumors of bending were made by someone who had driven to a wedding 4 hours away and returned in the same day, keeping his phone in what we presume to be tight pants for the entire trip. This report spurred Lewis to make a video to test the durability of the phone. Before he gets started, Lewis says
For the sake of science, today I’m going to bend this iPhone 6+ to see how much force it actually takes to make this thing unusable or essentially bent in such a fashion that you would be pissed off as the owner.
Alright, so this is going to be scientific. I’m waiting for him to place the phone into a pneumatic press so that we can learn how much pressure is required to bend the phone. But instead, he just yanks on it, which tells us nothing. At the point when the bend happens, he is pulling so hard on the phone that his hands are shaking. This is obviously more force than you would ever apply to your phone, be it in your hands or in your pants pocket. We have nothing to gauge this force by because he did not use any kind of scientific device to measure the force, so we can’t compare it to the durability of other phones. I’m sure something bad would happen to my Nexus 5 if I pulled on it as hard as I could, either the screen would pop out or something would crack.
To add insult to injury, he goes on to say
This was painful to do, but for the sake of science
Now we have actual evidence on camera, not just a picture of a bent phone after the fact
It’s all for the sake of science
Just like with the Google password leak, the media has picked up on this and is repeating it without vetting his test. Anyone watching that video should think, “I wonder what would happen if I bent my phone that hard?”
Apple’s best response at this point would be to put their phones and tablets into a pneumatic press alongside Samsung, LG and Motorola devices to see how they all hold up. Until that time, it’s premature to report on something so ridiculous.
Update: A russian site is reporting “Panic is cancelled” after displaying photos of other smartphones found to snap or bend when too much pressure is applied. Again, we don’t have numbers or know how much force was applied to those phones, but this information is just as conclusive as Lewis’ original video.