iPhone 6 Plus: a little bit bendy? Faulty units to be replaced

iPhone 6 Plus: a little bit bendy? Faulty units to be replacedLet’s face it; every time a new iPhone comes out, some relatively minor problem is inevitably blown out of all proportion as naysayers desperately look to discover the next Antennagate.

This year the iPhone 6 Plus is going under the microscope as a small number of users complain that the phone is already showing signs of being bent. Apple has promised to replace affected units – subject to a mechanical test.

The problem appears to be specific to the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus, as opposed to the slightly smaller – and significantly more popular – 4.7in iPhone 6.

Looking on twitter under #bendgate, it’s incredibly difficult to get a handle on just how big the problem is, as the whole thing has been hijacked by would-be comedians (“Bend it like Beckham”, for example).

On the subject of replacement, an Apple rep tells The Next Web: “That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store. There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.”

He/she went on to add that Apple was “looking into this with an insane amount of detail.”

A YouTube video by Unbox Therapy shows the iPhone 6 Plus being bent “quite significantly”, but only after a fair amount of pressure is intentionally applied. The maniacs!

If you happen to own an iPhone 6 Plus, maybe don’t keep your £619+ purchase in your back pocket when you sit down.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2014 at 19:14

I remember when I got my HTC HD2 - the massive (then) 4.3in beast... it had a warning note stuck to the screen - "do not carry in your pocket while sitting!" True story. The HD2 was solid as a rock.
Stop the thinner bull, and nonsense stories will disappear. A slightly curved back would make big devices feel nicer in the hand, and, hey physics, make them less preone to bending. Plus extra space for more mAh

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 25, 2014 at 21:24

Looks like 9 official complaints out of over 10 million sold so it's a non-issue. I just gets me how this has blown up and gone viral over nothing, people need a reality check and some common sense. I remember reading the same articles last year with the iPhone 5S and vaguely remember reports when the iPhone 5 came out. Seems it's happened to loads of other smartphones too.

The sooner this gets forgotten about and we can move on the better, at least until next year when it gets dragged into the spotlight again.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2014 at 08:54

What he said....

New device syndrome.

Same as 98% of all "the new OS eats my battery" complaints. The new OS eats your battery because YOU check if it eats your battery, and because you try new settings and features and checck if your battery consumption is going up... Also: the new OS wipes the battery gauge data. Give it 2 weeks and stop checking the battery, and oh, there's nothing wrong with the battery!


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