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Apple Gives Press Tours of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Stress Test Labs

by Todd Haselton | September 26, 2014September 26, 2014 8:00 am PDT

I admit, I was worried about the “BendGate” reports that started to filter out after Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. I even wrote an article questioning Apple’s quality control, which was particularly worrisome after the company launched a bug-filled and broken iOS 8.0.1 update earlier this week. Yesterday ended up being a huge day for Apple quality control, however. It rolled out iOS 8.0.2 to fix the bugs in iOS 8.0.1 and also gave members of the press a tour of its stress test labs.

Apple clearly shows that in its labs it’s prepared to test everything, from sitting on a phone to how much force it can take in a 3-point bend test. Additionally, it uses machines to test the iPhones, and other products, in bending scenarios. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high-quality standards to endure everyday, real-life use,” Apple said yesterday afternoon, noting that just nine customers have publicly approached Apple to complain about bending.

“We’ve designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use,” Apple’s Phil Schiller told The Verge during a tour yesterday. “And in designing that we then have to validate heavily, and see how does it live up to real world use, and what are the forces and pressures on it, and how do you measure and prove that you’ve delivered on a specification.”

Head to the source links below for a closer look at Apple’s facilities but know this: the company is indeed testing phones vigilantly and it appears that most issues of bending were blown out of the water.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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