iPhone 5s Bending In People’s Pockets

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Back when the iPhone 5 first came out, there were a surprising number of reports of people whose iPhones suddenly bent themselves. This did not seem to be an issue with accidental damage en masse: most of the people who reported the issue noted that their iPhones bent back at the volume button, and hadn’t been kept in a back pocket or sat on.

It seems with the iPhone 5s, this mysterious predilection towards bending has returned.

Over at French site Nowherelse.fr, our good friend Steve Hemmerstoffer points out that bent iPhone 5s devices already seem to be popping up. And boy, are they bent.

On one hand, you’d expect for the iPhone 5s — which shares the same chassis as the iPhone 5 — to have the same structural issues as its predecessor. But this is a big structural fault to leave unfixed between two generations. Even if you do keep your iPhone in your back pocket and sit on it regularly, an iPhone made out of metal and glass folding in on itself like a bent boner is an engineering issue.

Has your iPhone 5s bent in your pocket since you purchased it? Let us know in the comments.

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  • iFan41

    How about we try being responsible consumers and not sit on our phones?

  • HarryWessling

    Not an iPhone 5 but an iPod 5 with it’s beautiful aluminum alloy

  • DrM47145

    The way I see it, this would only be an issue if the heat coming out of that A7 would be directly responsible for the aluminium melting and the device bending itself with no additional effort, which I seriously doubt to be the case. If people apply pressure on their devices causing them to bend, that is a misuse, not a design flaw. With enough pressure, everything would show a consistent point of failure, even a perfectly good structural design.

    The problem with the iPhone 5s is not its chassis design, but the stupid design of iOS7. Jony fucked it up badly. Removing all skeuomorphism was premature. What is a button and what is text? If he wanted to move things out of the way, then every white background should be black. Just to start! Join me in in making a point to Apple.

  • Allancook

    Mine has not bent. I can’t imagine how this could happen.

  • varyform

    Bender Rodrigues has a lot of free time now to master his skills :)

  • Avenged110

    Bonus points for working boner into a story about an issue with aluminum bending…

  • technochick

    Sorry but if you sit your big ass on your phone and that is the result, it’s damage not defect.

  • ElSaborAsiatico

    THERE IS NO IPHONE

  • iMobileRescue

    This has to be some sort of mistake! I mean.. either they’re coming from the factory in some weak condition conducive to bending, or people are putting too much weight on the devices, in their pockets or elsewhere. We say that, coming from the perspective of breaking open iPhone 5′s nearly every day. We’re intimate with them, you could say.

  • iMobileRescue

    Bonus points for working boner into a story about an issue with aluminum bending…

    Ha!!

  • JacekWolvi

    For me it is look like picture made in panoramic view with shake hand. I think it is a scam..

  • Xenomorph

    STOP sitting on your iPhone!

  • NewTexianBrew

    I call BS.

  • patrickahles

    Every phone will bend or break when you sit on it…

  • PatatoOor

    who is stupid enough to put a 700$ phone in his back pocket and sit on it ??

  • nvettese

    Every phone will bend or break when you sit on it…

    My Nexus 4 lives in my back pocket, and it has yet to bend, at all.

  • jaybee

    Benders.

  • TheWaveable

    Nothing bend itself…

  • MrsCleaver

    Aside from comments by the so-called US Speaker of the House, this has to be one of the stupidest things posted on the Internet in the last few days.

  • bdkennedy

    If you’re sitting on your phone, you deserve a bent phone.

  • raffephotoLA

    I’ve seen plenty of bent phones from extraordinarily stupid people, however, that photo is very poorly photoshopped.

  • brandon

    This is beyond stupid…

  • pwx_kevin

    I call shenanigans. Considering all of the components and structural elements inside the iPhone, I doubt very seriously anyone could bend it. If you think I’m wrong, let’s see it on YouTube! Still images can be Photoshopped.

    Just take a look at this teardown of the 5S on iFixIt and tell me that thing could bend: http://goo.gl/4R8hwR

  • trex67

    So, Uri Geller bought an iPhone 5s?

  • Neil Anderson

    It’s the new handheld curved displays.

  • Neil Anderson

    iPhone 5s — the s stands for supple.

  • Neil Anderson

    Email reply from Steve: You’re sitting on it wrong.

  • Atienne

    I’m gonna go with large bottom buffoons forgetting that they just put a $500 phone in the back pocket.

  • Macguy59

    Looks like there is some damage at the top edge of the phone. If there is it wouldn’t be tough to conclude the phone has been damaged (not merely bent)

  • skateforjake

    This is a minor issue that Apple plans on not apologizing for. C’mon people, this is innovation we’re talking about! But seriously, this is clearly some sick joke.

  • Steven Quan

    I call shenanigans. Considering all of the components and structural elements inside the iPhone, I doubt very seriously anyone could bend it. If you think I’m wrong, let’s see it on YouTube! Still images can be Photoshopped.

    I agree, how would the glass not break or shatter? Something doesn’t add up here.

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  • HarkenForiPhone

    It happened to my iPhone 5. I’ve always kept my phone in my back pocket and it never happened to my 3GS or 4.

    But about a week after I got it I sat on a hard and very curved chair and it bent the phone.

    Split the aluminum near the volume-down button but I was able to bend it back into shape and the phone still works fine 11 months later.

  • KTGHowie

    This is total B.S.! The iPhone is made of aluminum and glass. It doesn’t just bend itself. You have to apply pressure for this to happen… A LOT OF PRESSURE. This is just a bunch of people blaming Apple for their own irresponsible behavior.

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