Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bendgate puts Apple in awkward position

from 3news.co.nz

Apple pitched its new iPhone range as its "thinnest-ever", but some users have found that to be a serious drawback.

The iPhone 6 Plus is not only thin, but its body is made of aluminium, which bends quite easily compared to plastic and glass.

The controversy has been labelled 'Bend-Gate', and it's not limited to people deliberately mistreating their pricey new devices. 
Some have reported their phones curving after merely being left in a jean pocket for a while.

"In one example, a new 6 Plus was bent during a day of 'dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding'," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Others have found their phones developing kinks after barely even bumping them.

"I've had significantly harder impacts to my 4s and never had any type of breakage or bending problems," one user told Apple fansite MacRumors.

The iPhone 6 Plus' screen is 5.5 inches across diagonally, and only 7mm thick. Most previous iPhones have been made of glass and/or plastic.

It's not the first phone with a tendency to bend however – MacRumors says owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 and the Blackberry Q10 have had similar problems.
"Any phone made of metal is still subject to the laws of physics," the site claimed.
Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices in its first weekend on sale.

3 comments:

  1. Yes, by design, the iPhone 6 is ultra thin and lightweight. As such, it is more susceptible to bending. Some people are trying to portray this as a fatal flaw and a complete disaster for Apple. Of course I disagree.

    Here is a video that puts the topic in perspective:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3QcOSyD38M

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  2. There are tons of sites that strongly disagree with you. Most people are calling for a recall. You can't deny that it's warranted.

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    1. Sure I can deny it. There will not be a recall. The iPhone 6 is an unprecedented lightweight and thin phone. As such, it is understandably not as rugged as some other phones. That's the tradeoff. When excessive force is applied, they will bend. If people can't exercise due care, let them either put it a protective case or simply return it and buy a different phone that will stand up to their abuse.

      Not only will there not be a a recall, but the iPhone 6 will continue to be a huge success. This situation is iPhone 4 antenna-gate all over again, complete with damning videos, and much hooting and hollering. You will note that Apple never recalled that phone. Apple made a software tweak to fix the signal strength display, showed the press that it wasn't just an iPhone issue, gave a tour of their testing facility, and issued refunds or free cases if requested. Eventually people got over it.

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