Let’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.