iPhone 6 bend

Are you concerned over Bendgate following this YouTube video? Responding to the controversy that blew up on social media before taking the world by storm, Apple said it’d received complaints from nine customers over the supposed iPhone 6 Plus bending.

The company even took select members of the press on a tour of its facility just a a few blocks away from the Cupertino campus, where it torture-tested 15,000 iPhone 6 and 15,000 iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

I think Bendgate is a non-issue, but I could be wrong. One thing is certain: the meme won’t go away if I choose to ignore it. That said, it doesn’t surprise me at all that some fans are now questioning Apple’s “just works” mantra, especially in light of other snafus in the form of the iOS 8.0.1 update gone terrible wrong, Apple’s U2 “gift”, Celebgate and iCloud security.

After reading about these PR disasters, some folks may be thinking twice about buying the iPhone 6 Plus. Are you among that group or did you brush off Bendgate as a non-issue?

Cast your vote now.

Chuck Jones theorized on Forbes.com that Bendgate could potentially wind up costing Apple hundreds of millions of dollars if customers steer away from the iPhone 6 Plus in droves, or should Apple — in the worst case scenario — be forced to recall and redesign the device.

Analysts, on the other hand, are not entirely convinced that Bendgate might end up costing Apple dearly. “It will do nothing, I don’t suspect it will dampen any demand,” Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies Inc., told Bloomberg.

But why then did the media jump on the Bendgate bandwagon if it’s a non-issue? Because Apple attracts more attention than any other company, that’s why.

Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester Research, put it best:

“Apple is a bit of lightning rod or a focus because as a company, they inspire a lot of positive and negative passion and also because they are now this company with a global brand and global reach,” he said.

Marques Brownlee did an excellent job explaining the latest Apple ”crisis”.

I don’t think I’ll be putting off my iPhone 6 Plus purchase because of the reported bending issues. For starters, I don’t wear skinny jeans and would never put a pricey piece of electronics in my ass pocket and sit on it for hours.

After all is said and done, Bendgate will fade away just like Antennagate has back in 2010. While this time around Apple isn’t giving away a free case to everyone, you should get one just in case. Not only will a hardened case prevent or minimize any bending, it’ll hide those ugly antenna stripes on the back.

Conan O’ Brien took another look at Bendgate by trying a rock-hard Samsung handset.

Hopefully, common sense will prevail. Many consumer products, especially thin smartphones, will bend when enough pressure is applied. It’s not just a fact of life, that’s good ol’ physics.

Before signing off, let me just point out that Consumer Reports, the influential U.S. magazine that reviews and compares consumer products and services, promised to subject the handset to its authoritative testing with the goal of determining whether or not the larger iPhone has a bending problem.

The regular iPhone 6 does not seem to exhibit any malleability issues.

Bendgate (Joy of Tech 001)
Bendgate comic via Joy of Tech.

As for that YouTube video, Pocket-lint has a few good reasons to believe that it’s fake and offers some science to back it up. And with ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus moved during the opening weekend alone, I don’t think Apple should sweat over Bendgate too much.

Bendgate (Joy of Tech 002)
Another finely done Joy of Tech production.

So, how did you vote and why?

And could the iPhone 6 Plus withstand a reasonable amount of force, including that exerted from everyday activities like sitting, do you think?

P.S. If you’ve already purchased a new iPhone, this poll is for you!

  • Jamessmooth

    Non issue. I’m so happy with my 6+, not worried about it bending at all.

  • Rowan09

    This is way overblown. Only because it’s Apple the news, etc gives it so much attention, but hey it comes with the territory. http://gizmodo com/consumer-reports-bend-test-pits-iphone-6-plus-against-t-1639756245

  • GDD2010

    So, 9 hipsters broke their phones… Give them Nokias and that’ll take care of the issue.

  • urrl

    Consumer Reports has already addressed this issue comparing both new iPhones with Galaxy note, LG G3 and HTC One. They found it to be a non issue as far as their bending tests are concerned. I would have no reservations whatsoever as far as buying either iPhone 6.

  • redjazon

    I usually go with a bumper or transparent case; and with iPhone 6/plus thin unibody it won’t be too bulky 🙂

  • Matt Dowdy

    even if it is an issue a replacement is only a trip to the apple store away anyway, nobody can fault apple’s customer service

  • blastingbigairs

    Don’t anyone buy a car, I heard if you stand on the roof and jump up and down on it, it may leave a big dent.

    • have_gun_will_travel

      Thanks! I needed that!

  • have_gun_will_travel

    Let’s not forget that Consumer Reports has bend-tested the new iPhones, and found them sturdy enough to perform well through normal, everyday use. For those who don’t know, Consumer Reports BUYS everything they test. They take no products and NO MONEY from any manufactures who’s products they test!

  • tiger

    for those who say 9 … do you really believe them? there is an uncut version of the bending on youtube, just search for it.

  • AminTj

    does anyone notice?!
    check time that iphone show!
    when he try to bend the phone time is 2:26!
    but after he bend iphone time is 1:59!
    i think video is fake!
    he bend iphone before that time 2:26!
    its a fake !
    just check time in iphone!

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    the only issue would be about the size of the iphone, but if the phone is too big, I will return it, simple!

  • Graig

    this happened when the iPhone 5. and it happened with the 6. people claiming they were bending it. i was swayed by this when the 5 came out. and switched to a windows phone. it was horrible. constant crashing, random resetting and couldn’t sync music to a mac either. It was a broken mess, and got returned after a week. I returned it, and even though i was worried the iPhone 5 was going to bend, i got it. guess what, it NEVER bent.

    i got the iPhone 6 also, it’s never bent so far either.
    You would have to sit on it pretty hard to bend it.