Alleged ‘iPhone 6s’ Shell Subjected to Bend Test [WATCH]


Unbox Therapy, which originally published the iPhone 6 Plus “bendgate” video that went viral last year, has just published another video showcasing scientific material analysis of the alleged iPhone 6s shell and also performed a bend test using a more scientific method.

Rumours of a much stronger 7000 Series aluminum iPhone 6s shell surfaced as early as April around the time of the Apple Watch launch. Apple has started using this material with the Apple Watch Sport to ensure a strong watch body. As it turns out, the same goes for the next-generation iPhone body.

We saw the iPhone 6s rear shell on video shortly after Unbox Therapy received it from Sonny Dickson. Now, UT is back with another video and important data that underpin earlier rumours of a 7000 Series aluminum iPhone 6s shell.

iphone 6s shell material composition

First off, with the help of Canadian company Elemental Controls and a handheld XRF analyser, they have performed a material analysis of the two shells. The results speak for themselves: the iPhone 6 shell is made from the 6000 Series aluminum, which means that aluminum makes up about 98% of the material composition. By comparison, the alleged iPhone 6s shell elemental composition results show 92% aluminium and roughly 7% Zinc, suggesting that Apple will use the 7000 Series aluminum for the next-generation iPhone.

iphone 6s shell bending

Unbox Therapy also performed a more scientific bend test this time and found that the iPhone 6 shell bends at roughly 30 pounds of pressure. To achieve similar results with iPhone 6s shell they needed to increase the pressure to about 80 pounds, which implies it will be at least twice as resistant to bending as the current version.


  • unboxTherapy sucks!

    stop supporting this dimwit (unbox therapy) by watching his videos. obviously any phone will bend with much pressure. ps, i didn’t watch the video. not giving him views. Bending phone is not an issue. wish someone would do a bend test on him in areas that aren’t supposed to be bent.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    This is a great video. Unbox Therapy is putting other podcasts to shame. You may not like his personality, his hat or his beard, but he puts his money where his mouth is. He got the goods (the iPhone 6S back shell), he got the materials analysis done and he tested in a relatively scientific way. This is waaaaaaay more work than most other podcasters put in and we should be proud of our fellow Canadian instead of bringing him down.

  • Anthony ?

    Why is this bozo still getting airtime and coverage? The whole subject of bending phones is just stupid. Of course a phone is going to bend if you subject it to enough pressure, a solid steel bar will bend if subjected to enough pressure, so what exactly is he proving? It falls deep into who gives a shit territory for me.

    Now he’s testing an unverified component for an unreleased device. Great…

    I’ve had a iPhone 6 Plus since last Fall, it’s been in my front pants pocket pretty much every day since then and it hasn’t been bent at all. Why? First of all because I’m not a dumbass who puts his phone in his back pocket and then sits on it. Second, because I have some common sense and understand that this probably isn’t something you should be consciously doing. I take the phone out of my pocket when I sit down, and so far no issues.

    It’s amazing how much stupidity people will embrace these days. Once upon a time people who go out of their way to prove something that’s relatively obvious to most people would have been derided as being a particular brand of stupid, now they’re “online celebrities”. Of course, they’d be nothing if the world wasn’t populated by entitled morons who bend their phone after sitting on it for hours in their skinny jeans and then whine about it online.

    Welcome to the handbasket.

  • FragilityG4

    Of course he went to all ends to do this video … Everyone has been calling him a fAndroid Hack for over a year. He’s trying to redeem himself …