The company confirmed the hardware change to The Verge, which is designed to fix the issue where inserting the S Pen backwards could get the pen stuck. The force required to dislodge the pen usually then breaks the clicking mechanism.
A Samsung representative told the site, “Samsung can confirm that the Note 5 internal S Pen mechanism has been changed to avoid the issue caused by inserting the S Pen incorrectly. As always, we recommend following proper instructions for storing the S Pen.”
As alluded to in the quote, Samsung’s official stance until this time was to refer everyone to the instruction manual, which warns of this hazard. If you’re currently a Note 5 owner, let this serve as another reminder to be doubly sure you’re putting the pen back the right way.
Why this matters: Samsung clearly decided this was enough of a problem to redesign the components. It’s easy to say that one should expect problems if you use a product incorrectly, but inserting the S Pen in backwards is rather easy to do if you quickly take down a note and need to put the pen away. This is a good fix, though it probably won’t be much solace if you’ve already damaged your phone.