Bendgate has taken over the Internet the last three days with reports claiming the iPhone 6 Plus bends in users’ pockets during normal everyday use, but after staying silent on the issue all week, Apple is finally speaking out against Bendgate, claiming the issue is ‘extremely rare.’
An Apple spokesman told the Wall Street Journal this morning that only nine people have actually reported bent iPhone 6 frames since its release last Friday. An investigation into the issue is still underway, but as we suspected when the Bendghazi controversy first broke, the bending problem has been blown out of proportion by the media.
Apple used rigorous tests throughout iPhone 6 dev cycle: 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion & user studies @CNBCtech
— Jon Fortt (@jonfortt) September 25, 2014
Apple said that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus passed a rigorous series of testing before launch, and SquareTrade even ranked the two new phones as the most durable devices Apple has made yet. “With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare,” an Apple spokeswoman told WSJ. Apple also told CNBC that the iPhone 6 features steel and titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations.
Over 10 million new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units were sold on opening weekend, so even if the number of bent iPhone 6 Pluses is greater than just nine, they still only represent a fraction of 1% of total units shipped.