Documents released related to the iPhone “touch disease” class-action lawsuit that’s making its way through the courts suggest that Apple knew the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were far more susceptible to damage from bending than earlier models.
The problem, which was dubbed “Bendgate,” where iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets would bend during normal day-to-day usage was widely reported, but which at the time Apple downplayed. However, recently released court documents show that Apple was well aware of the problem.
According to the court documents, as reported by Motherboard, “Apple’s internal testing ‘determined that the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s (the model immediately prior to the subject iPhones) and that the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s.'”
“One of the major concerns Apple identified prior to launching the iPhones,” Judge Lucy Koh wrote, “was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations’ something that Apple described as ‘expected behavior.'”
Despite these internal tests, publicly Apple was bullish, refusing to acknowledge that a problem existed, and going as far as to release the following statement in September 2014:
“Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a…