Consumer Reports published a review of the stress tests it performed on Apple’s iPhone 6. It ran a ‘three point flexural test’ where the phone is supported at each end with the force applied at a third point on the top. Consumer Reports tested one each of the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus along with a LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One (M8).
Apple also had a number of people visit its lab to see where it said 30,000 iPhones were subjected to various stress tests. While the company would not reveal many details one weight that was disclosed was 25 kilograms (slightly more than 55 pounds), the amount of weight that Apple applies on top of the iPhone screen to test it for bending.
For its tests Consumer Reports started at 10 pounds of force for 30 seconds and increased the force in 10 pound increments. It tested for when the smartphone started to deform and then when the screen came loose from the case.
Below are its findings for the six smartphones that it tested. The HTC One (M8) was deformed and came apart at the lowest stress levels followed by the iPhone 6 and then 6 Plus.
Overall it looks to be good news for Apple as at least one well respected independent organization has shown that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hold up well enough compared to other smartphones. However both of the new iPhones broke down at much lower stress levels than the iPhone 5.
Going forward I don’t think you will be finding new iPhones to get much thinner and as I’ve written before I’d trade off some thickness to get a larger battery. Hopefully for Apple the controversy will go away and it looks like there should be minimal if any financial impact compared to what it could have been if third party tests and real world use show that the new iPhones don’t bend too much.