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Apple knew that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would bend prior to their launch

Court documents reveal company had cognizance of the issues with 2014's iPhones

Apple's smartphones are (and have always been) famous for a lot of reasons, solid industrial design and sturdy construction being a few of them. That's not, however, the case with all of the company's iPhones, and some have come to be known for not-so-good reasons.

Launched in 2014, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus marked the beginning of a new design direction in Apple's smartphone line-up. But even though industry and user reception of the two was largely positive, they drew flak for quite a few hardware issues. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have since gone down in the annals of tech history as perhaps two of the most shoddily-built iPhones till date.

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Shortly after their launch, reports of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus' questionable build quality started popping up online. Several users reported that even a little pressure caused the smartphones' chassis to bend. The issue, which came to be known as "Bendgate," reportedly led to another problem dubbed as "Touch disease," which caused the bent iPhones' touch screens to flicker and become unresponsive. After continuously denying that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus had construction issues, Apple relented, offering to replace display modules damaged as a result of the smartphones' bending issues.

Now, some newly-surfaced information has revealed that the company already knew about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's structural problems, months before they went on sale.

According to court documents regarding a class-action lawsuit Apple is facing over "Touch disease," uncovered by Motherboard, the company's internal tests had revealed that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were far more susceptible to getting bent under pressure than their predecessor, the iPhone 5S. This essentially means that Apple knew the the phones had engineering issues, but decided to push them into the market to unsuspecting customers anyway.

So far, there hasn't been any comment from the company regarding the revelation.

Interestingly, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren't the only Apple smartphones that have come under scrutiny for questionable build quality.

When the iPhone 4 came out in 2010, several users complained that the smartphone's cellular reception dropped when the lower left edge of the phone's metallic frame (which acted as an antenna) was touched. In response, the company simply advised iPhone users to not hold the phone in a way that could weaken cellular reception.

That's not all. Just a few months back, the company came under fire for purposely slowing-down older generations of iPhones, in order to extend the life of batteries. The fiasco ultimately led to Apple issuing an apology to customers and offering battery replacements at reduced prices. It even introduced a new feature in iOS 11.3, which allows users to monitor the battery health.

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