iPhone 6S’s alleged new material should prevent Bendgate
We’ve all heard of the Bendgate issues that previously plagued iPhone 6 Plus users, and if recent rumors prove true, the upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S Plus should already be able to withstand external pressure and make the device altogether sturdier.
According to Economic Daily News, the next-gen iPhones will carry the company’s custom Series 7000 aluminum alloy seen on the Apple Watch Sport. This means it’s “60 percent stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel” based on Apple’s website. It’s been reported to be the same material used in competition bicycles, meaning it is also lightweight.
In addition to the characteristics of Series 7000 aluminum, their site also mentions that it goes through a process where they are machined and polished, then blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent, satin texture. A special anodizing process then creates a hard, clear outer layer that helps protect against scratches and corrosion.
If this kind of material indeed makes its way to the next iPhones, then Bendgate would be a thing of the past. Although just like any other rumors do take these with a grain of salt as nothing is official until they are truly official.