Remember "Bendgate?" It was the half-hilarious, half-outrageous issue where folks' iPhone 6 handsets were bending in their skinny jeans pockets. Apple wasn't laughing. It looks like the company is taking it seriously, because it's making a major change in the construction of the new iPhone 6s.
The Apple manufacturers have decided to use a sturdier metal and reinforce several weak spots that were thought to be the culprit behind the bending outer shell.
Leaked images and product mockups illustrated that the latest iPhone will be made of 7000 series aluminum (about three times as strong as the iPhone 6). In addition to the sturdier metal, Apple is also stepping up the thickness.
Unbox Therapy, a company that tests out the latest and greatest electronics, measured the shell and the new 7000 series aluminum measured 1.9mm on the iPhone 6s, as compared to 1.14mm on the iPhone 6.
The phone will also have a little extra metal around known stress points such as the volume and power buttons.
"The changes Unbox Therapy is showing are perfectly logical adaptations for Apple to have addressed the Bendgate situation. Clearly, adding more material around those known stress points (at the home and volume buttons) is going to improve the overall strength," Luma Labsco-founder and industrial designer Greg Koenig explained to TechCrunch.
We'll see if the rumored changes are true on September 9, when Apple is expected to announce the launch of the iPhone 6s.