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Apple banishes 'Bendgate' with a slight change to the 'iPhone 6s'

Apple banishes 'Bendgate' with a slight change to the 'iPhone 6s'

August 10, 2015

With a little less than a month before the next-generation iPhone models are expected to be unveiled, two new videos have hit the Web that highlight some small changes made to the new handsets.

First up, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy fame has posted an interesting look at the backplate of the next-generation iPhone. If Hilsenteger’s name sounds familiar, he kicked off the idiotic Bendgate “controversy” last year when he bent an iPhone 6 Plus on video.

But in a look at the rear shell from the new phone, he shows that the area on the top of the handset near the volume button has been made significantly thicker – from 1.14mm on the iPhone 6 to 1.9mm on the “iPhone 6s.”

That’s important because that area was the so-called weak spot on the current handsets.

Apple parts reseller MacManiack has also posted a new video that compares the iPhone 6 display to the same purported part of the “iPhone 6s.”

As you can see, there are some slight differences between the two parts. Most notably, the presence of a new connector on the top left part of the display indicates the new handset may offer the same Force Touch technology found on the Apple Watch.

Force Touch can register the difference between a short tap and a longer push. That could open up a number of possibilities for the iPhone UI and for other third-party apps. If you’re interested in learning more about how Force Touch could change the iPhone for the better, we took a look at an interesting concept video last week.

Along with the next-generation iPhone models, a new report on Friday said that Apple is also planning to unveil new iPads and even the next-generation Apple TV at the event in early September.

The Force Touch technology on the Apple Watch has been simple to learn, and moving it over to the iPhone could really bring a new dimension to the handset. It’s shaping up to be an interesting September for Apple fans. Hopefully my wallet will forgive me.

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