According to a judge, Apple knew its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones were more likely to bend than previous models even with regular use. The information came out in an unsealed judicial opinion related to a class action lawsuit around “Bendgate.”
Federal judge Lucy Koh in San Jose declined to allow a class action suit, but wrote that Apple had conducted an internal investigation of the bending issues and found that the iPhone 7 was 3.3x more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s. The 7 Plus was 7.2x more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s. The tech giant publicly maintained there weren’t design problems with the phones but engineers started addressing the issue with more epoxy and stronger aluminum shells.