Date
24 September 2017
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find out that any smartphone subjected to enough force or pressure would bend or break. Photo: Unbox Therapy/YouTube
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find out that any smartphone subjected to enough force or pressure would bend or break. Photo: Unbox Therapy/YouTube

OK, but can you bend an iPhone with your mind?

So some smart aleck has put the iPhone 6 Plus to the “bend test”.

Amid a furore that social media has dubbed “Bendgate”, the blogger’s phone bending video has gone viral.

But some people are not impressed. Neither are we.

I mean, why would a smartphone need a “bend test”?

Apple apologist John Gruber is incredulous. “I cannot believe that this ‘bent iPhone 6 Plus’ thing is becoming a thing,” he said.

So what is our smart aleck’s point?

He can manipulate an iPhone 6 Plus but can he bend it with his mind like Uri Geller did with spoons?

Anyone can bend a smartphone, right?

The blogger said the test was “for the sake of science”.

But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find out that any smartphone subjected to enough force or pressure would bend or break.

We don’t think any rational consumer, having spent thousands of Hong Kong dollars on a coveted iPhone 6 Plus that some covetous people would die for, would put his prized possession to a bend test.

Nor would he put it in his back pocket and sit on it.

Square Trade, a San Francisco firm that sells insurance for electronic devices, sees no need to include bending in a “breakability” test in which the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus came through with high ratings.

Bending is not a major issue, the firm said.

In its defense, Apple said a bend in its state-of-the-art iPhone is “extremely rare” with normal use.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it said, “meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use”.

But Bendgate is not the only whammy to have left Apple customers bent out of shape this week.

On Wednesday, Apple had to pull an update to its just released iOS 8 operating system after complaints that the update caused connectivity problems on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Hit by the double whammy just days after a successful launch weekend during which 10 million iPhones were sold, Apple is now facing a public relations nightmare.

Investors sold out and the stock fell 3.81 percent to US$97.87 on Thursday.

And this may be a good buying opportunity.

 

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Apple demonstrates the rigorous tests it conducts for its products. Photo: Lauren Goode/re/code


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