As soon as the story about the new iPhone 6 Plus bending in users pockets surfaced online, users across the globe latched on to it. It soon became viral with some reporters even codenaming it ‘Bendgate’. Also Read - Good news for iPhone loves! Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone marketAlso Read - Apple Music could soon release on the PlayStation 5: Report
I cannot believe that this bent iPhone 6 Plus thing is becoming a thing, Daring Fireball s John Gruber wrote. And if you put your phone in your back pocket and sit on it, he added, I m not sure what to tell you. Also Read - Arm-based notebook PC processor market could grow to $949 million in 2021
The flaw is believed to be due to the gadget s aluminum alloy frame as well as it being really thin. As #Bendgate flooded the social media in the last 24 hours, disgruntled users shared bent pictures of their iPhone 6 Plus.
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Some defended Apple even after seeing pictures of the bent iPhone 6 Plus.
Other companies too latched onto the Bendgate bandwagon and made the most out of it.
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New Belgium Brewing (@newbelgium) September 24, 2014
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Parodies were inevitable.
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Omar Mohsen (@OmarMohsen04) September 24, 2014
Oh no … Don’t put your MacBooks in your back pocket either !! pic.twitter.com/GOw3sstdSA
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Apple has however not yet made any statement on this problem. Alongside Bendgate, there was also another misstep by Apple while releasing its first update to iOS 8. The iOS 8.0.1 was set out to fix some bugs in the initial release, but looks like the update has a few bugs of its own. Quite a few iPhone 6 users complained about disrupted cellular connections and TouchID failure, causing Apple to pull the plug on the update. A YouTuber even released a song for the iOS 8 team working back at the office.