Bent iPhone 5s Gives New Meaning to Curved Displays

What first appeared with the iPhone 5′s design last year, the iPhone 5s is seeing the same occurrence. Multiple iPhone 5s owners have reported that their devices are mysteriously bending backwards, according to French website Nowhereelse.fr. Users suffering from this issue are also saying that they have not put the phone in their back pocket and sat on it.

Of course, hearing this sounds extremely strange, but seeing as how it all started with the iPhone 5′s new design last year and is continuing through the iPhone 5s, it most likely has something to do with the iPhone 5′s slimmer design that was introduced last year and has also made its way over to the iPhone 5s.

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You would think that when something like this happens with the iPhone 5, Apple would change the structural integrity to make it stronger and prevent it from bending from normal use, but seeing as how the iPhone 5s is doing it now, we know that the materials of the iPhone 5s are no different than the iPhone 5.

iphone-5s-plie-tordu-03However, a bent iPhone like this seems extremely implausible, even if you’re sitting on it with the phone in your back pocket. Something made out of metal like this shouldn’t really bend as much as the photos show just from putting your weight on it by sitting down. Then again, maybe we’re underestimating the power of the human body while sitting.

However, if it turns out to be anything like the bent iPhone 5 units we heard about last year, it won’t be a huge issue. It definitely didn’t turn into an antennagate-like event for Apple, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 5s received the same treatment. Then again, the same thing happening twice in a row with a new phone compared to an older model can be cause for more attention than before, so it’s certainly possible that the issue will catch on, but if Apple didn’t bother fixing it after hearing about the bent iPhone 5 models, then it’s probably not a huge deal and won’t affect a lot of users.

Of course, when metal heats up, it softens a little, so it’s possible that a user might have been playing an intense game on his iPhone 5s, which heated up the processor, which then heated up the metal. Then, when they were done, the phone when into the pocket and when he sat down, the pressure of the jeans squeezing the phone may have caused it to bend, but for now, it remains a strange mystery.

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Comments

  1. Chais says

    As a machinist for 10 yrs I can tell you this is to be expected when using thin walled aluminum. I have pulled my iPhone 5 and 5S apart down to the aluminum back plate(housing). Just machining a block of aluminum down to the final product is a challange in preventing “spring” in the aluminum. Meaning, as you remove material the walls of the part like to spread outwards. So in other words. Heat or no heat 5 and 5S will bend with ease. There are no real good ways to prevent this. Other than a good case and don’t sit on it. If they were to use steal, the weight of the phone world dramatically increase. In addition assuming the use the housing as an antenna, aluminum again is would be the better choice over steel.

  2. Casey Govero says

    I would think this could easily happen in your front pocket as well. It certainly didn’t just “bend itself.” I’ve made the mistake of having a phone in my pocket while moving boxes. You use your front thigh sometimes to lift things for an extra push. I broke a screen once doing this. When I first saw iPhone 5c pics my first thought was that they decided to go with a plastic case because of these bending issues. I was surprised when the 5s was released with the same aluminum that bends. I haven’t had this problem though because I always get a case thats fairly sturdy but not too thick.

  3. dfsfcvgjbh says

    after learning about samsung new curved phone, apple will say that the curve in these phones was intentional and file another patent lawsuit against samsung….

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