There are several early user reports that the 5 day old smartphone both is and is not as sturdy as one would like. The owners report that iPhone 6 plus can be damaged by nothing more than sticking it in a pocket.
And not a back pocket; the reports claim that the phablet was in a front pocket when they were damaged. The good news is they didn’t break the screen; the bad news is they still managed to bend the rear shell:
As a dedicated snarkist, several comments went through my head when I first read this story, including references to limpness, performance issues, and sexual references. Alas, I deleted them all after snickering to myself.
I had trouble believing the reports. While I could see a phone getting broken in a pocket, I can’t picture how that bend occurred – not without the screen also being broken. But apparently it can happen, and this isn’t even the first Apple product to have this issue; it was also reported in the 5th-gen iPod Touch.
And to be fair to Apple, this issue is being reported by a handful of owners out of something like 10 million units sold. With only a handful of reported cases, BendGate is probably still a smaller issue than manufacturing defects, a problem shared by all gadgets.
But for those of us with a juvenile sense of humor, this is still funny.
Update: And it’s going to be a fairly common problem. One blogger posted a video showing that he could bend his phone using just his hands. It looks like the iPhone 6 Plus has a structural weakness around the volume buttons: