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Apple offers rare glimpse inside test lab to show iPhone durability

applelabsthumbApple has offered a rare look inside the company’s test labs to show the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have already been put through stringent durability tests.

A handful of journalists were given super rare access to the company’s laboratories at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino including a writer from Recode.

The glimpse inside Apple’s inner sanctum was in response to claims that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was bending while resting people’s pockets.

Apple says there have only been nine complaints of bent iPhones after selling more than 10 million devices in the first three days since they went on sale a week ago.

Apple vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told Recode the iPhone is made of the industry’s strongest glass and an aluminium unibody reinforced with titanium and stainless steel.

The Sit test inside the Apple labs. Picture: Recode

The three point bend test inside Apple's labs. Picture: Recode

According to Recode, Apple conducts exhaustive testing to simulate various pressure and real-life situations including the sit test, the three point bend test, the pressure point test and the torsion test.

In the sit test, the Apple lab replicates a person sitting on their iPhone on soft and hard surfaces including sitting on the device at an odd angle.

The pressure point test for the iPhone inside Apple's labs. Picture: Recode

The torsion test which twists the iPhone (seen in the background) inside the Apple labs. Picture: Recode

The three point bend test showed exactly how far the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can flex when up to 25kg of weight is pressed across the centre of the screen and the back panel.

Pressure point test applies up to 10kg of force in a spot on the centre of the iPhone.

In the torsion test the iPhone is also twisted from the ends to ensure it can flex without breaking.

It’s been a busy week for Apple with the company also scrambling to fix a bug with the iOS 8.0.1 update. iOS 8.0.2 was released today to resolve all of the issues.

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