The iPhone 6 has a bending problem, and angry fans are calling out Apple over “Bendgate.” Check out the video above to see how badly the iPhone 6 has been bent after people put it in their pockets.
A user on the MacRumors forum was one of the first to report this problem. He noted that he saw his iPhone 6 bend over the course of just 18 hours. Despite surprisingly good showings in a number of drop test videos and torture test videos, the iPhone 6 does seem to have a bending problem. How much of it is user error and how much is a manufacturing issue is a matter of debate. Some people argue that putting an iPhone in your pocket without a case is just asking for trouble. Others argue that for what Apple is charging, the phone should be more sturdy.
The iPhone 6 comes in three storage options: the 16GB ($199), the 64GB ($299), and the 128GB ($399). The 6 Plus has three options, too: the 16GB ($299), the 64GB ($399), and the 128GB ($499). If you buy off-contract through T-Mobile, expect to pay at least $649. For iPhone 6 users who’ve dropped several hundred dollars on their new phone, having the phone visibly bend within days of purchase is extremely frustrating. Factor in the ongoing bugs in iOS 8, and the iPhone 6 is starting to look like a bad buy to some consumers.
Apple fans have taken to Twitter to complain about the bending issue, using the hashtag #bendgate. Here are some of their frustrated tweets:
— The Next Web (@TheNextWeb) September 24, 2014
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) September 24, 2014
— Matt Jordan (@mattpicasso) September 24, 2014
Wondering if the iPhone 6 bending problem can be prevented by using a case? Check out the bend test video above which features an iPhone 6 in a case. While the iPhone 6 bending problem is bad news for Apple, it may be good news for Apple’s competition:
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014
Wondering how a different smartphone does when subjected to the bend test? Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 bend test video above. The new iPhones are expected to compete directly with Samsung’s newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S5 and the upcoming Note 4.
Apple has responded to criticism about the iPhone 6’s bendability, stating that only nine users have experienced this bending problem. The company has instructed Apple Store employees to replace any affected iPhone 6 units that are under warranty, following a visual inspection.
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