You can talk about stress testing and Apple’s potential liability until you’re blue in the face, but sometimes you need to just speak about overblown subjects like the Bendgate controversy using a shred of common sense.
Happily taking up that baton is T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who responded to questions about Apple’s allegedly bendable iPhone 6 Plus at this year’s GeekWire Summit 2014 with a distinctly non-corporate-sounding statement. Simply put: try bending that brand new super computer handset you’ve paid good money for and you’re a f****ing idiot.
Well, someone had to say it.
During his on-stage interview, Legere describes the whole story as “such horse****.” Referring to the original iPhone 6 Plus bending video, he continues that, “If you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple. The veins were coming out of his fingers and the thing moves a little bit. Are you ****ing me?”
Speaking more broadly about the controversy Legere marvels at the fact that people would sit on what essentially amounts to a hand-sized super computer.
“What the **** are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for?” he asks.
“You know what, those 9 people that sat on their phones, first of all they need jeans that fit them a little better, cause if your jeans are cutting your phone. What idiot [tries to bend the iPhone 6]? Give me a break. Take your laptop, you know, do handstands on it, throw it against the wall. That’s bull****. This thing doesn’t f***ing bend.”
He then notes that whatever truth there may or may not be to Bendgate, it’s not slowing down demand for the iPhone 6 any. “The demand for these devices in the last few weeks is unbelievable,” Legere says.
The full interview can be seen below. The relevant comments start at the 20:10 mark.
If only all CEOs were this refreshingly honest!