Remember the Bendgate controversy with the release of the last iPhone model? While everyone was excited about a thinner, sleeker looking iPhone, rumors began to circulate that the iPhone couldn’t withstand everyday wear and tear. Accounts of iPhones bending in pants pockets or from extended use were abound, thus kicking off the infamous Bendgate. Apple has certainly learned its lesson, and is ensuring that the latest iPhone 6S models won’t succumb to these material flaws.
Apple went straight to the original source with a leak of its iPhone 6S backplate. They presented the form factor to Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, more famously known as the man who famously bent an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands, thus boosting himself into the internet hall of fame. With the new model in his hands, Hilsenteger could immediately note some differences. See the video below
Featured Image: Unbox Therapy
Of particular note is the reinforcement in Apple’s new iPhone 6s backplate. The dimensions are only slightly thicker than the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models: 1.9mm on the iPhone 6S versus 1.14mm on the iPhone 6 according to measurements done by Unbox Therapy. Furthermore, despite the additional thickness, the new iPhone 6S shell will weigh in approximately 2 grams lighter than its predecessor. For those concerned about a heavier new iPhone model, this will put their concerns to rest.
The difference in weight, it seems, comes from Apple’s move to invest in and use 7000 series aluminum in their iPhone casings. 7000 series aluminum is touted to be “60 percent stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel.” This is the same material that is currently being used in the Apple Watch Sport, so it would make sense that Apple would carry the successes over to its iPhone device.
Another glaring change in the new iPhone 6S model according to an observation brought to light by Future Supplier is that two screw holes have changed position, one of which has a direct correlation to the loudspeaker module. This, in turn, has raised hopes that Apple might be switching over to a new speaker module.
Are these true adaptations to the iPhone 6 model? Or are we seeing a phony leaked device? Luma Labs co-founder and industrial designer Greg Koenig doesn’t think so. “The changes Unbox Therapy is showing are perfectly logical adaptations for Apple to have addressed the Bendgate situation,” he stated in his interview with TechCrunch.