China's regulatory body has just given the green light for Apple's latest smartphone generation, approving the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for use on the country's network bands. And with Apple formally announcing the launch date for the smartphones in China, the iPhone 6 could reach yet another world-breaking sales record, which already sold 10 million units on its first weekend alone.
There’s a magician in the wild this week who hopes to explain the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bendgate incidents with talk of psychic energy. It’s Uri Geller, everyone’s favorite spoon-bender from the 1970s! He wants Apple to hire him to explain to the world that it wasn’t the hardware’s fault, but that of the energy of excitement in the air over the release of Apple’s newest smartphones.
Over the last several weeks there have been a rash of reports going around that the new big screen iPhone 6 Plus bends like taffy if you put it in a pocket. Apple finally responded to the rigmarole and announced that so far only nine iPhone 6 Plus smartphones had been bent that it knew of. While many might not trust Apple's take, a highly respected magazine has conducted its own tests on the bendability of the new iPhones and threw some other devices in the testing mix as well.
How serious is all this bent iPhone stuff? If you listen to Apple, not so much. They claim a mere 9 cases of bent iPhones have been reported. How serious is the perception of iPhones bending during normal use? If you listen to Apple, possibly very serious.
When Phones4U shuttered their doors just ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, the immediate concern was “what about those iPhone 6 pre-orders?” Initially, the defunct retailer said they’d refund any down payments placed for the newest Apple handset. Now they’re telling former customers to fight them to get their money back.
All this talk of bent iPhones has brought on a myriad of reactions. What started as confused anger has morphed into humor. Your phone bent, and even if it’s so slight you don’t notice it in regular use — it’s there. We searched for some of the more lighthearted reactions from around the web, and found some really cool stuff.
If you recall my last column here on SlashGear, you’ll remember that I lamented the fact that I was unable to reserve an iPhone 6 Plus on launch day due to overwhelming demand before I even had a chance to wake up. I was concerned that Apple has essentially created a preordering system that puts people on the East coast out and leaves those of us over here with a more difficult chance to get the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
You may ridicule it for its size or its bending abilities, but the iPhone 6 Plus will not fail you even if you accidentally drop it while sky diving. This is what Richard Ryan, mobile device torturer extraordinaire, discovered for himself in the latest "test", if you could still call it that, of Apple's largest smartphone to date.