New iPhone 6 Plus has been bending and warping with #bendgate trending on Twitter
Tight-trousered and iPhone 6 Plus fanboys are up in arms after discovering that their skinny jeans are bending their brand new phones. The super-sleek and supersized Apple devices have been warping and bending in people’s pockets, with one video showing how easy it is to flex the fragile aluminium chassis.
One iPhone 6 Plus user complained that their new handset had bent after just 18 hours in a trouser pocket. Hanzoh, a member of the popular Macrumours forums, explained how easily the phone had bent:
“Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left front pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.”
The iPhone 6 Plus owner went on to explain that after placing the handset on a coffee table it was visibly warped (pictured below). Other users have also said that sitting down in tight-fitting trousers with a new iPhone in your pocket is enough to do serious damage.
The thinner, larger aluminium chassis on the iPhone 6 Plus means it is susceptible to bending under force. Images posted online show the handset have a weak point where the buttons poke through on the side.
The design fault, which is being referred to as ‘bend gate’ on Twitter with disgruntled users tweeting Apple boss Tim Cook. Pictures of warped iPhones have been retweeted thousands of times.
— Bend-Gate-o-Rade (@bendgate) September 23, 2014
One user posted a video showing how easily the iPhone 6 Plus bent in his hands. In the video, which has been viewed over three million times, the iPhone 6 Plus is shown to bend when very little pressure is applied. Some people have pointed out that wearing tight trousers is the likely cause but users with bent iPhones have responded saying their trousers weren’t especially tight.
Cult of Mac points out that the bendable phone phenomenon is nothing new, with scores of flimsy plastic and metal handsets warping or breaking when sat on or bent. Apple has refused to comment on reports that the iPhone 6 Plus is susceptible to bending. Pressure is mounting on the company, with mentions of the issue on Twitter already topping 20,000.