Yes,\u00a0\u00a0Apple\u00a0AAPL +0.57%\u00a0may have\u00a0big iPhone plans\u00a0for 2018 (including\u00a0one potential game changer) but first, the company has to sort out a new mess with its existing models. Today Apple was forced to admit two of its record-breaking models suffer from a fundamental design defect\u2026\u00a0\u00a0\r\nThe credit for this discovery goes to\u00a0Motherboard\u00a0after it painstakingly dug through internal documents Apple released in court as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the company for touchscreen failures known as \u2018Touch Disease\u2019 caused by iPhone bending.\r\nThe revelation: Apple knew about these structural weaknesses all along.\r\nAccording to the court documents, Apple\u2019s own tests discovered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were 3.3x and 7.2x more likely to bend than its predecessor, the iPhone 5S. These structural flaws led to what many dubbed \u201cbendgate\u201d, where both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus could literally bend just from the pressure of being stored in a trouser pocket.\r\n\u00a0\r\nUnfortunately, until today Apple had dismissed there was any sort of problem. It claimed cases of bending were \u201cextremely rare\u201d and even asked select media to witness its iPhone testing procedures.\r\nBut now we know the real picture.\r\nApple\u2019s court documents reveal that having recognized internally the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were at a risk of bending, the company tried to quietly strengthen all models produced after May 2016 by applying extra epoxy. It also switched to a stronger Series 7000 aluminum chassis for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus but denied it has anything to do with Bendgate.\r\n\u00a0\r\nAnd now the repercussions could be serious.