Apple iPhone 6 Plus: nine units reported ‘bent’

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: nine units reported ‘bent’

We all knew to take this story with a pinch of salt when we first reported it on Thursday, and now Apple has officially told the internet to calm the hell down – or words to that effect.

The phenomenon referred to as #bendgate – the bending of the iPhone 6 Plus just days after its release – has seemingly touched a total of nine consumers. Nine.

Apple hasn’t gone as far as issuing a full press release, instead opting to deliver a statement through a small number of news outlets.

CNBC first tweeted: “ALERT: Apple says only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones.”

Shortly thereafter, Re/code chirped: “Apple: ‘through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.’”

To give that figure some context, Apple sold a whopping 10 million iPhone 6 units in its first three days on sale, though – to be fair – it’s not clear how many of those were the iPhone 6 Plus. But the problem is – in a very real sense – one in a million.

Having said that, we’re sure to hear more in the coming days. The media storm will inevitably have iPhone 6 Plus users the world over putting their phones under the proverbial microscope.

And then there’s the debate over whether keeping your super-thin £600 rectangle in your back pocket - even while sitting - counts as “normal” use or utter stupidity.

It's also been proven that the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent with a significant bit of hand-based pressure, while other phones - like the Moto X - are seemingly more durable. But that's when trying to bend them.

Thoughts? Is the iPhone 6 Plus unacceptably weak, or is a super-thin rectangle simply liable to bend if mistreated?

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TJ Skywasher  Sep. 27, 2014 at 18:11

Bendgate as it's been so aptly called happened in 2012 with the launch of the iPhone 5 but seems to have been missed by most of the world. Then it reappeared again last year with the release of the iPhone 5S and still it went unnoticed by most people. Then all of a sudden the iPhone 6/6+ are launched and the media goes crazy over it!

Considering there hasn't really been a problem with iPhones bending over the last couple of years, despite the issue existing for a bare minimum of customers, I don't really see it as a big issue. Stupid people are sucked in by it and many are assuming it bends just like a melted chocolate bar which isn't the case. Look after your iPhone like you always have done and use some common sense and come this time next year your iPhone will still be in perfect shape.

krogothnx  Sep. 27, 2014 at 18:13

well, guess it's better than 'you're holding it wrong'.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2014 at 12:55

Consumer Reports - the guys who fingered Apple for the external antenna 'death grip' issue - reckon the HTC One M8 is the actual banana... http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/consumer-reports-tests-iphone-6-bendgate/index.htm

Mind you, CR's test set-up might not truly recreate the conditions of a tight-a*rse's back pocket, but neither are the 2 hands of a beefy Apple hater with a Youtube channel.

As always: it's people who just wouldn't buy an Apple product ever who scream the loudest.
It is beyond boring. Vent your geek flavoured testosterone at Android OEMs... They make YOUR beloved products. Apple won't make you a better SGS5. Apple won't give you Android L on launch day. Apple won't fix your Z's glass back. Apple won't fix Google's lax approach to privacy. NO MATTER how loudly you shout about Apple's fails....

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2014 at 18:29

G*d - I just looked at the pic of the dude... Is there anything more pathetic than the attempt to look cool and tough by, um, holding up a bent gadget? Look, I spilled milk on me TV remote... No more Game of Throws... hi hi hi...

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