How Bad is #Bendgate?


Customers Alleged iPhone 6 Bent When Left in Their Pocket For Long

As the world waited on baited breath for the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 software, no one could have predicted the avalanche of bad press that would follow. Buyers claimed that the iPhone 6 bent in their pockets whilst the new IOS 8 system has been plagued with numerous bugs. With complaints flying around the globe we at The Asian Today want to separate fact from fiction and figure out just how much truth there is to this controversy.

Coming to the infamous bending scandal, promptly called #bendgate by twitter users, customers have alleged the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bent when left in their pockets for long periods of time. Apple was met with both ridicule and criticism over the claims, videos surfaced on YouTube of users successfully bending their iPhones whilst some people even claimed to have broken the products! So how much of this is truth or exaggeration?

Consumer Reports tested several different phones against a compression testing machine and revealed that the the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus bent at 90lbs. But the HTC’s One M8 bent under the same pressure. They finally concluded this bending flaw is inevitable with many phones of the same size “While not the strongest smartphones on the market, fears of a serious structural design flaw in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seem overblown,” They also found the phones continued to work after bending with the screens still intact.

Mat Hohan a reviewer for Wired shared his experience “Like a lot of people, I have a bent iPhone 6 Plus. Put the phone screen down on a table, and it wobbles,” Hohan however is unsure of how it happened “I haven’t purposefully bent it and I don’t recall sitting on it (but I probably have).”

Apple have stated that only 9 people in total have complained of bent phones and tested 1500 smartphones following the complaints. Whether you sit with your phone in your pocket or bend it intentionally, the fact remains that as the phones become thinner and longer their strength naturally decreases, caution may therefore be required.

The second major issue plaguing Apple was the iOS 8 software update. Mere hours after releasing the update many complained the system blocked calls rendering their phones useless. There were also touch screen issues, decreased Wi-Fi speed and low battery power. One twitter use wrote

Thank you for the iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple. My iPhone can’t make calls/sms – it’s now an iPod touch.’

Evidence has shown these bugs are indeed rife within the new software and it didn’t help that almost half of iPhone 6 users had already downloaded it. Apple promptly withdrew the update in an attempt to fix it.

There is no doubt that problems arise with any newly released electronic product, complicated by the fact that Apple products are under constant scrutiny due to their popularity. Until the phones are given sufficient time to escape the bugs and bad publicity, try not to bend your phones everyone.


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