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Is the iPhone 6 Plus bendable?

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If you just bought an iPhone 6 Plus and you like to wear tight pants, beware. ...maybe. (Photo via CNN) If you just bought an iPhone 6 Plus and you like to wear tight pants, beware. ...maybe. (Photo via CNN)

If you just bought an iPhone 6 Plus and you like to wear tight pants, beware ... maybe.

There are reports circulating online claiming that the new, larger iPhones bend when owners carry them in their pockets for long periods of time. Ironically, the reports came the same day that smartphone warranty provider SquareTrade called the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus the "most durable smartphones ever."

It's impossible to say whether reports of bending iPhone 6 Pluses are a sign of a systemic design flaw, a defect in a limited number of devices or even a hoax. CNNMoney was not able to replicate the issue in several attempts to bend the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One Apple blog MacRumors shows photos of iPhone 6 Plus devices that appear slightly warped. The owner claimed the curvature appeared after carrying the device in the front pocket of his pants for several hours.

Other reports have been posted to Twitter under the hashtag #BendGate - although many are clearly Photoshopped images.

Some iPhone fans suggested that the jumbo smartphone is just not compatible with skinny jeans. There's also a camp that argues that if you own a $750 smartphone, you shouldn't sit on it.

Last year, there were some reports that the iPhone 5S could bend. So this isn't an entirely new issue for Apple - if the reports are accurate.

CNNMoney received a test model and several staffers tried and failed to change its shape using brute force. (Though we might not have been trying hard enough: We are required to return the device to Apple in working condition.)

The iPhone 6 Plus is significantly larger and thinner than the traditional iPhone. It's also made of aluminum, which is a naturally flexible material.

“The first day that they were released, that morning we got our first call on a cracked screen. I felt terrible for the gentleman,” said Ryan Arter at Mission Repair.

He said they can fix an iPhone 6 Plus screen for $350.

“As time passes the price for the repair will catch up a little bit,” he said.

Arter has heard talk of the warping phone.

"It's a pretty big issue right now. There were some rumors yesterday, one gentleman came out with it and now there are a lot of people, a lot of forums where they're talking about the bending. There's a lot of debate about how they're bending now. Nobody would want to admit that they physically bent it,” Arter said.

Arter doesn't recommend that anyone try what some YouTube videos show: people physically trying to bend the phone.

“They're relatively expensive and they're very expensive to replace, so certainly don't put them in your pocket,” he said. “These new phones are much thinner, they're very lightweight and that just kind of lends to a bend."

Apply says it has sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models since it went on sale last week.

This isn't the only issue iPhone 6 owners are complaining about. A bug is keeping some people from connecting the phone to their car using Bluetooth. The most complaints are coming from people who drive BMW, Honda, Jeep, Nissan and Toyota vehicles.

Apple hasn't commented on the issues.

KCTV5's Jamie Oberg and Laura McCallister reporting.

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