Items tagged with bendgate

Apple has had a rough couple of months following the release of it's 2018 iPad Pro after it was discovered that the device bends easily under minimal pressure. Apple attempted to explain away any appearances of bending with the iPad Pro by claiming that it's normal for the iPad Pro to be bent from the factory. Apple's Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, also attempted to sweep the problem under the proverbial rug by claiming that the iPad Pro meets or exceeds all of the company's high quality standards. These efforts by Apple have done little to quell the discontent of the company's customers, however, and Apple today released additional information about the iPad Pro's design... Read more...
When the 2018 family of iPad Pros were released in October, Apple championed their all-new design which was thinner and lighter than previous generations. The company also touted new features like USB-C connectivity, blazing fast A12X processors and the first implementation of Face ID on an iPad. However, it’s the thinness of the device that brought some unwanted attention to the iPad Pro soon after release. JerryRigEverything made a big splash last month with a YouTube video that showed the iPad Pro bending with what appeared to be a minimal amount of force. Since that time, some iPad Pro owners have reported that their tablets have come with bent frames straight out... Read more...
Apple gadget fans will be cringing at JerryRigEverything's latest video, where he takes a brand new 11" iPad Pro out of the box and proceed to destroy it. The video also shows the destruction of an Apple Pencil. The bending test video starts with the Apple Pencil that breaks with a surprising amount of ease; only slightly more than the force it takes to break a normal wooden pencil was needed to break the Apple Pencil. Beware placing an Apple Pencil in your pocket as it might not survive but that was just the beginning of the mayhem. To make matters worse, the battery inside the Apple Pencil isn't one of the lithium-ion types that are solid and flexible. The battery in the wirelessly charging... Read more...
It seems that every generation of iPhone ends up mired in some kind of controversy, and for the original iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was "bendgate," the name associated with complaints of iPhones warping under normal use. While bendgate was blown out of proportion, there's another design issue with the same generation iPhone that's perhaps a bit more serious, one that's causing displays to stop working correctly. The teardown specialists at iFixIt conducted an investigation into the issue of ailing touchscreens and found that online repair shops keep themselves busy addressing a common point of failure among iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6 Plus models. In many instances, repair techs said... Read more...
SquareTrade raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it posted a video showing a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cracking under pressure during its torture tests. SquareTrade applied force to the center of the display, and began recording how much pressure was required to bend the device (110 pounds). The Galaxy S6 Edge’s display also cracked at 110 pounds (while still remaining functional) and the device gave out completely at 149 pounds of pressure. As someone who doesn’t put my smartphone in my back pocket (it always stays in my right, front pants pocket), I don’t really pay much attention to such tests, and consider them mere fodder for fanboy wars. Samsung, on the other hand, is downright irate... Read more...
Apple took a lot of heat over complaints that its iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6 Plus devices were prone to bending, even from just storing them in pockets as normal. The situation became known as "bendgate" and Samsung wasted little time capitalizing on the situation, but was it a case of the pot calling the kettle black? A durability test conducted by insurance firm Square Trade reveals that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge bends just as easily as Apple's newer iPhone models, and breaks entirely under less pressure. Square Trade revisited tests it ran during bendgate, this time focusing on three handsets -- Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge, and HTC's One M9. Each device was put in... Read more...
Apple should really consider developing an excuse generator that it could plop on its mobile devices as a native app. Think about it -- is there any company that's better at coming up with excuses when things go wrong? Dropped calls on your iPhone 4? You're holding it wrong. Purple streaks in your photos taken with the iPhone 5? Stop pointing it directly at the sun. Bent iPhone 6? That's only happened nine times, or so Apple says. However, a website that's been collecting photos of bent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices shows that the actual number of instances might be in the several hundreds, but who's counting? The blog is cheekily called "One of the Nine," an obvious jab at Apple for claiming... Read more...
Is there truly a problem in the design of the iPhone 6 Plus that makes it prone to bending and warping? If you ask that question to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, he'll tell you quite emphatically that not only is the whole "bendgate" thing being blown way out of proportion, but that rival phone makers who stand to gain from Apple's negative publicity are the ones spreading the FUD. "This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don't blindly listen to it," Gou said in a Chinese-language news video posted to YouTube (we're trusting PCWorld's translation on this one). Foxconn has a vested interest in the success of the iPhone, as it's the primary manufacturer of Apple's handsets. However, the company... Read more...
It seems as though whenever John Legere opens his mouth, it's a newsworthy occasion. The outspoken Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile isn't known for pulling punches, though he's certainly prone to taking jabs at the competition, as he's done time and again. However, his latest tirade isn't against Sprint or any other wireless carrier, but the notion that Apple's iPhone 6 Plus suffers a design flaw that makes it prone to bending. The whole bendgate thing? According to Legere, it's "horses***. I mean, come on, what the f*** did you need to see," Legere said while speaking at the GeekWire Summit when the topic turned to the iPhone 6 Plus. If there's a specific target to his latest tirade, it's... Read more...
It's still being determined just how widespread the issue pertaining to bent iPhone 6 Plus models really is. Bendgate, as it's being called, has received lots of media attention, though Apple contends that they're isolated incidents with complaints to company still in the single digits (nine in all) six days post launch. At the end of the day, for those who have a bent iPhone 6 Plus, it doesn't really matter if you're one of a few or one of many, you just want your device fixed, and it looks like Apple will oblige. The folks at The Next Web posted a chat transcript with a support rep at Apple. When asked if a bent enclosure during normal use qualifies for warranty repair, the support rep essentially... Read more...
It appears that “Bendgate” is not as big an issue as some are claiming. At least that is what Apple is saying. Recently, rumors and claims came to the forefront regarding consumers who had bent their iPhone 6 Plus simply by carrying it in their front or back pockets. According to Apple, it says that only nine people, out of the millions who have purchased the device, have complained about their phones being bent. "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength," says a statement that Apple released to multiple news outlets. "They also feature... Read more...
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus packs a bevy of improvements into its phablet-sized frame -- its battery life dwarfs all previous iPhones, its screen quality and resolution are excellent, it's just six ounces, and a scant 7.1mm thick. As an added bonus, according to a number of MacRumors readers, it's got a hidden feature -- it bends! And no, we don't mean it bends in a "Hey, what an awesome feature!" sort of way. More like a "Hey, the entire phone is near to snapping" kind of way. What's even more troubling is that many of the users who are reporting bent devices also claim that they were carrying it in front pockets or in a normal fashion as opposed to sitting on it directly. Image Credit: Unbox Therapy -... Read more...