Apple has been getting quite the backlash with their #Bendgate scandal. The issue first surfaced when users took to social media to report that their newly purchased iPhone 6 Plus had become misshapen after a prolonged time in their pockets. However, the device still remained usable.
Many manufacturers have come out of the woodwork using the iPhone 6 Plus bending as a point for sales. Companies such as Samsung, HTC and LG have taken to user forums and social media to tout the durability of their phablets. While this may seem like a low blow, it comes as no surprise that these manufacturers are using it to their advantage to market their products. In fact, the BendGate scandal has been quite the blow to Apple’s brand image as this conspiracy in addition to the numerous software glitches of iOS 8 have taken its toll on Apple’s shares.
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The iPhone 6 Plus conspiracy has blown up over the past week with everyone taking advantage of the conspiracy to initiate a new test for devices called the “bend test”. We featured one of the first bend test videos previously. But, nothing is truly official until we see a report from Consumer Reports. Consumer reports have highlighted that the iPhone 6 Plus is not as malleable as initially claimed. They did a quantifiable test on the malleability of the iPhone 6 Plus which reveals that the Apple phablet is able to withstand only 90 pounds of pressure (41 Kg) and came apart with 110 pounds (50Kg) which according to them out performed the HTC One M8 contradicting a test done by Unbox Therapy. While we appreciate empirical tests, it seems like this one may have been slightly skewed in favour of Apple as we have no indication of others supporting these claims.
Unbox Therapy released a follow up video to their initial bend test of the iPhone 6 where they have also compared most of the current flagships including the HTC One M8, Moto X and Note 3. The tests that they undertook showed that the iPhone 6 is susceptible to bending even with your bare hands while other devices withstood the torture. The Motorola made Moto X apparently performed the best with no sickening creaks heard.
While the BendGate may be a real hot hitter with the videos, we would like to advise our readers to not go into stores to bend the iPhone 6 Plus as some teens in UK have been doing and recording themselves. While they highlight valid points that the sales team has been told to say that the iPhone 6 Plus does not bend, it is still destruction of other people’s property. Now it is understandable why the sales personnel at Apple Stores have been instructed to do so as it may turn out to be a manufacturing flaw in a small handful of devices.
Apple has released an official statement stating that the occurrence of the the iPhone 6 Plus warping is extremely rare and that they have only received nine reports of it. Apple goes further to clarify that the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling is made of custom grade anodised aluminium which makes it stronger and less malleable than normal aluminium. They even clarify that any weak or high stress points in the build have been reinforced with titanium and stainless steel inserts.
If you’re iPhone 6 Plus does get warped, it appears like Apple is willing to replace your device. According to an article published by The Next Web, Apple support personnel have clarified that Apple will replace your iPhone 6 Plus after it passes what’s called a “Visual Mechanical Inspection”. However, one caveat is that the test is 100% up to the “Genius” – Apple Support Staff. However, no specifications of the guidelines have been revealed. It is understandable as people may take advantage of this and try to swap their purposefully bent iPhone 6 Plus if not for the inspection.
That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store. There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.