Unintended iPhone 6 Feature: It Bends

But it's not clear how widespread problem is
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2014 8:24 AM CDT

Like to keep your iPhone in your pocket? Well, you may not want to do so if you just bought a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, because the phones can easily get bent. Users are posting pictures and videos of how easily the phones bend in what is being called Bendgate. (The issue is reminiscent of the iPhone 4's "Antennagate.") NBC News notes that it's not clear whether the problem is widespread or whether a small but vocal minority is turning it into a bigger deal than it really is, and Apple has not yet commented.

Cult of Mac sarcastically points out that "every other smartphone ever made of metal" will also bend when pressure is applied, and specifically recalls the same problem with the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC EVO, and many others. TechCrunch is on the same page, noting that other Apple products have had similar issues, and though the "thinner, larger" construction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could make them more apt to bend, "all we've seen so far are early reports from a few people." But, as NBC notes, this is the first time the bending issue has become an "epidemic." (In better iPhone news, some are saying the new Apple Pay could be revolutionary.)

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