Yesterday the Internet erupted because of something called #bendgate, which was Twitter’s way drawing attention to the fact that the new iPhone 6 Plus is apparently bendable. If you head over to the official @bendgate Twitter account, you can see several examples of Apple’s biggest phone appearing to bend, but not break. Many have claimed that the phone bent while in their pockets, after sitting on it. Dazed Digital asked if skinny jeans are to blame, but a user over at Macrumors, the first place to actually pick up on the trend, claims to have bent his phone after wearing it in the front of pockets of his suit pants:
Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.
The phone’s bendable properties isn’t that surprising. It’s much thinner and wider than the older iPhones, which your studier than your average bulldog. Yesterday, someone published a video to YouTube where he actually demonstrates the bending of the iPhone 6 Plus. The video has been viewed more than 6 million times in less than a day:
Apple has yet to respond, but because their products are usually faced with a much higher level scrutiny than other manufacturers, you can bet a rebuttal from either CEO Tim Cook or lead designer Jonathan Ive is imminent. You’ll recall that in 2010, when the placement of Apple’s antenna resulted in many dropped calls, Steve Jobs himself had to respond to accusations, eventually conceding there was a problem and offering free cases to the afflicted. However, given that Apple has sold over 10 million of the new iPhones since they went on sale on September 19th, and that only a small percentage of people seem to be complaining, maybe they’ll just ignore the outcry. Who cares either way.