“Apple is hoping to avoid another Bend Gate controversy this year by using a new aluminum shell that’s twice as strong as the iPhone 6,” Buster Hein reports for Cult of Mac.

“We got our first look at Apple’s super-strong shell last week, when Lewis Hilsenteger got its hands on a leaked shell that proves Apple will use series 7000 aluminum,” Hein reports. “Now Lewis is back with an all new video that puts the new and improved iPhone 6s aluminum frame to the bend test.”

“After scanning the new aluminum shell with an XRF analyzer, Hilsenteger discovered that Apple has added zinc to the aluminum alloy it makes the iPhone case with,” Hein reports. “This appears to confirm that Apple is indeed using the 7000 series aluminum, verses the 6000 series used for the iPhone 6.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nice to see Hilsenteger is now using something a bit more sophisticated than his bare hands to execute his bend tests:

New Apple patents show continuing work on Liquidmetal – August 11, 2015
Analyst: Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature stronger 7000 series aluminum, slightly thicker for Force Touch – June 17, 2015
Next-Gen iPhones could adopt Apple Watch Sport’s 7000 Series Aluminum Alloy – April 16, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]