Apple has had an unfortunate week as their new iPhone 6 plus has been criticised for being bendy, and their iOS 8.0.1 update managed to make the operating system worse.
The much anticipated iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been released, and as many people will have heard the 6 Plus was reported to be bending in people’s pockets. Video evidence has come out online proving that the 6 Plus CAN be bent by applying enough pressure to it, but Apple insisted that this wouldn’t happen through every day use.
In a statement Apple made to The Verge, the company said that only nine people actually complained to them about their phone bending in the first six days of sale. Considering how many items have been sold, this is a relatively low number.
The same statement also said “[the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus] feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability.”
The fact remains however that the surface area of the 6 Plus is huge, with the 5.5″ screen putting it into the phablet range of screen sizes, but the company built it so thin (just 7.1mm deep) that fragility should have been expected.
The bending issue was broadcast so much in the media, and especially on social media, that it even got its own hashtag, #bendgate, and rivals took to the web to mock Apple’s bendy phone.
LG for example, tweeted “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes… on purpose,” using the opportunity to promote their own curved smartphone.
Following the #bendgate issue however, Apple then released their new operating system, iOS 8.0. They then released a new update a matter of days later, iOS 8.0.1. This update however stopped the new iPhone 6s around the globe from being able to connect to their cellular networks, and prevented the Touch ID, Apple’s finger print password gimmick, from working.
The iOS8.0.1 was quickly recalled however, and was promptly replaced with 8.0.2. Very early reports however indicate that there could still be issues with this update in Australia, although there is no confirmation as of yet.
All in all, the release of the iPhone 6 was marred by a very bad week for Apple although they still managed to sell millions of units and the diehard fan base won’t be put off by negative publicity, or the high prices.