By Christian de Looper
Bendgate is one of the latest Apple-related problems that has been blown out of proportion online.
According to numerous reports, the suggestion that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can bend permanently and easily is false.
“With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” said Apple.
Reports have shown that the new iPhone 6 units are more than durable enough to withstand living inside the pocket of an average user. One report by Consumer Reports tested the phone using the three-point bend test, holding the device at two points with a bar coming down on the phone to determine how much pressure it can handle.
The company did this to a number of phones, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M8, LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
While the iPhone 5 did hold up better than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, all the devices tested could take at least 70 pounds of pressure before bending in any way, which is actually more than Apple publicly said the device could handle. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was able to take the most pressure, at a whopping 150 pounds.
“Our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies,” said Glenn Derene from Consumer Reports. “While nothing is indestructible, we expect any of these phones should stand up to typical use.”
While this should show that the iPhone 6 does not bend more than other devices, critics of the report suggest that the iPhone 6 Plus does not bend in the middle, where the test is taking place, but instead bends in the top one-third of the device, near the volume buttons.
Apple has had a long history of public outcry with new devices. Some called even the original Macintosh computer an expensive toy. When the iMac G3 was released without a floppy disk drive, many were quick to make complaints despite the fact that we now know floppy disks were on the brink of extinction anyway. More recently, when the iPhone 4 was released in 2010, there was a number of antenna issues, with some units being completely unable to make or receive calls.
Most Apple devices have had issues in some form or another; however, it is likely that “Bendgate” will blow over with time.