Will the iPhone 6 Plus make designers rethink their jeans?

The iPhone 6 can comfortably fit in your jeans pocket, but it's a different story for the iPhone 6 Plus especially if you have a penchant for fashion jeans that contour to the body. Will the iPhone 6 Plus cause fashion designers to rethink their jeans and other tight clothes going forward?

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That's the question Mashable recently tried to get answered when they polled a number of different clothing makers. Everyone from American Eagle to Levi's chimed in.

If you wear relaxed fit men's jeans and some other styles, the good news is that you're probably already in luck. Companies like American Eagle say the pockets of their men's jeans are already large enough to accommodate an iPhone 6 Plus. Rene's shown off his ability to pocket the iPhone 6 Plus, and I've confirmed that my jeans can hold the iPhone 6 Plus just fine too. Your mileage may vary, if your tastes run to the hipster skinny jeans variety.

Others polled by Mashable say that they're evaluating the need for or already working with designers to accommodate larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus. So relief may be on the way for those of you stuck with jeans whose pockets just aren't big enough for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Obviously the iPhone 6 Plus isn't the only larger-format iPhone on the market. So called "phablet" phones have been on the market for a few years now. So why haven't clothes makers taken stock of the larger phones before now and made more jeans to fit them?

A lot of it is because the iPhone 6 Plus has captured the public's interest like few phones before it. The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple's first big iPhone, and it's a phone that a lot of consumers want: One that's being heavily marketed and promoted to them right now.

Another reason is that consumers are grabbing on to the idea that larger-format phones can be great primary computing devices. Many iPhone 6 Plus users are already noticing, for example, that they're less likely to pick up their iPad now than they used to be. I've long heard the same from Galaxy Note-using friends who also have tablet devices. As word spreads that you can do more with your larger phone, I expect that trend will continue.

Of course, a lot of digital ink has been spilled over the past week talking about "Bendgate" or "Bendghazi," the allegation that the iPhone 6 Plus bends too easily if force is applied to a specific part of the case. In some instances, it's been alleged that this bending was the result of the iPhone 6 Plus being put in a back pocket then sat on.

Apple has tried to put the complaints into perspective: They cited a total of nine bending complaints, after selling more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices during the first weekend. Apple also said it will replace phones that have been bent through normal use (and yeah, putting it in your back pocket without a case is normal use, if a bit daft, in my opinion).

Right now we're still pretty close to the iPhone 6's debut. Apple's still rolling the phone out in different parts of the world and has been having trouble keeping up with demand for the new device  — in some cases people are having to wait weeks before they get theirs.

Over time it'll be interesting to see if interest in the iPhone 6 Plus is sustained or if it drops off. Improved availability of iPhone 6 Plus over time may cause a corresponding drop in the perception of scarcity, which in turn may reduce public demand for the device. After all, why covet something you can get easily? Is it possible that the iPhone 6 Plus is in high demand right now just because Apple didn't make enough to fit initial demand? Or is it instead because there's a backlog of iPhone users who have long wanted a phablet-sized device, a backlog that will soon dissipate once that group gets theirs?

Assuming the iPhone 6 Plus remains popular, it's entirely reasonable to expect that at least a few designers here and there are going to make clothing designed to fit the big iPhone better. Few consumer electronics hold public interest like Apple's devices, and many big names in fashion have created accessories for iPhones in the past and continue to do so now.

One thing's for sure: Overall, cell phones are getting bigger. And there are a few reasons why. Screen technology in mobile devices has improved, along with the graphics and battery capacity to keep the screen (and the device) working. Now that handset makers can make larger phones without huge drawbacks, they are doing it. Certainly sub-5-inch phones are still the norm, but more and more we're seeing larger devices make their way out into the marketplace.

There have already been a few very successful large-format phones: Samsung's Galaxy Note II set the stage for a lot of other large-format phones to follow. While Windows Phone devices haven't had a huge impact on the market, Nokia's Lumia 1520 certainly generated a lot of buzz for itself with its big screen (and 41 megapixel camera).

Over the last few years, we've seen a steady rise in the average size of phones, from 3.5 inches to 4 and now close to 5. Will that trend continue to climb upward? We'll see. One way or the other, Apple's in it for the long haul. And as far as the future of jeans are concerned, I'm reminded of this quote from George Bernard Shaw:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

If the worst thing to happen in the wake of the iPhone 6 Plus release and "Bendgate" is that some jeans pockets get a bit bigger, I suspect a lot of long-suffering skinny jeans wearers will be happier for it.

Source: Mashable

Peter Cohen
41 Comments
  • MFi jeans!
  • If you are stupid enough to put your phone in your back pocket of your tight ass jeans and sit on it then you deserve to break it! Sent from the iMore App
  • I don’t believe so. I only ever use my front pocket but I can see how others would use the rear and forget.
  • I can't believe this is even an issue?? Sent from the iMore App
  • Very slow news day? Sent from the iMore App
  • Exactly!! lol..
    What about all those Galaxy note owners. They don't care ;)
  • It already happened for at least some clothing designers, in response to Android and Windows devices: http://www.omgfacts.com/lists/14434/The-increasing-size-of-smartphones-i... Though I have little doubt the 6 Plus will *drastically* accelerate this trend. Sent from the iMore App
  • For marketing purposes, clothing designers aren't going to limit themselves by saying increased pocket sizes are iPhone 6 Plus related, they'll say 'larger-devices' -- but just as with Apple-Pay, it takes an iDevice to get the market going ;-)
  • Not that it really matters but I can fit an ipad mini in the front pocket of my "golf" shorts. They are just khaki shorts with a zipper on one side.
    I still would not sit down with any device in my pocket. That is why I have meat cleavers for hands.
  • I bought tennis shorts recently and choose the one that can hold the most balls. I just tried fitting the iPad Air an it fits. Sent from the iMore App
  • Personally every jean choice I make is based on which pair can hold the most balls.
  • Hahaha Sent from the iMore App
  • Jeez--how many balls ya got?!
  • It's a condition. I'd rather not discuss it.
  • It's interesting that jeans have changed so little over the years. Almost all jeans still have a watch pocket, even though very few people carry pocket watches and haven't for almost 100 years.
  • Some people say that it is for carrying change Sent from the iMore App
  • I actually do carry a 16 size or 18 size railroad standard pocket watch in the watch pocket. http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu150/lak611/WP_20141003_01_45_12_Pro... http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu150/lak611/WP_20141003_01_59_11_Pro...
  • Cool.
  • Thanks!
  • You mean that's not a condom pocket?
  • You must be carrying the regular sized ones. Posted via iMore App
  • That's for guitar picks, duh! ;-)
  • The 6+ is penetrating the rear pocket quite deeply. The shallow front pocket is a problem. Perhaps cargo pants can make a comeback.
  • Seriously man isn't it overstatement of apple influence, what next shirts dresses..... Lol Sent from the iMore App
  • No no no. Apple drives everything. Everything ever
  • I don't even get why people wear those tight-ass jeans anyway. Maybe skinny jeans will go away and I won't have to deal with people giving me unwearable pants as gifts! :D
  • I have never worn it in the back pocket. I like a belt clip. A nice leather holder on the belt would also work. I know a lot of people do not wear a belt. As we are not too far from colder weather, a jacket pocket is the answer. I do wear relaxed fit jeans, and the phone would fit, but to be honest, phones are not made for the back pocket. People just do it, and phones get bent, broken, lost, and do not forget the famous "butt calling" this happens for all smartphones. They are not made to sit on. Does not make any difference what jean companies do to change the back pocket.
  • It's just plain STUPID to sit on your phone no matter what kind it is. They are not made for all that weight day after day. I'd think after spending a decent amount of cash on a good phone they would TRY to treat it as gently as possible.
  • "It's just plain STUPID to sit on your phone no matter what kind it is." Not necessarily. If the phone designers would make the phone strong enough that you don't have to worry about it, then it wouldn't matter if the phone is in your back pocket or not. Prime example is my Lumia Icon. I've had it in my back pocket in tight jeans and sat on it on a hard wooden stool without any case on it several times and nothing happened to it. If Nokia/Microsoft can build a phone that tough, why can't Apple? And before anyone starts screaming that "bendgate" is a scam, read this article: http://news.yahoo.com/apple-fan-mocked-bendgate-finds-iphone-6-plus-1515...
  • Just use a fanny pack and everything is alright.
  • If a guy used one of them we used to call them fag bags. Sent from the iMore App
  • some people can totally pull it off to wear a fanny pack. Not everyone though.
  • Before i put a case on my mini I could fit in the front and back pocket of levi 569s. Sent from the iMore App
  • The only people wearing skinny jeans would be woman and they have a purse or handbag to carry a monstrous phablet in. If you're a dude wearing skinny jeans you may as well get yourself a nice handbag to accessorise your purchase and carry your phablet around like your lady friends do. I think it's stupid for fashion designers to alter fashion for a small percentage of phablet buyers. They already made the cargo pants and shorts perfect for these people years ago.
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  • i use skinny jeans but i do not worry much i have a lumia 920 it fits well in my pocket people are just over reacting about a simple change made in a phone !
  • No designer is thinking about designing their look around an iPhone 6 that's so dumb. That's like saying "I'm designing this music around the fact that teenagers are getting ice cream sometimes after school" Sent from the iMore App
  • Probably not jeans designers, but I'm sure the Lululemon types already have pockets to suite. Plus, the Plus is not a game changer in phones--it's not like it's the first larger phone since flip phones or anything. There have been large screen phablet things around for quite some time, and I don't believe the fashion industry cared enough to question the fork in the road.
  • hope not. geeksdo not tend to have great style i wouldn't like "cholo" jeans
  • Lumia 1520 has a 20.1 Megapixel camera... Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm betting Apple would rather jeans companies NOT make changes..... That way, the logo on the back of the phone will continue to peek out over the top of the pocket....