Apple enthusiast John Gruber blasted TimeMagazine for promoting the viral iPhone 6 bending video by saying that viewers should also appreciate the durability and build quality of the device while also suggesting they might need “looser pants” to handle the iPhone 6.
“I cannot believe that this ‘bent iPhone 6 Plus’ thing is becoming a thing,” Gruber fumes. “Watch this jackass’s video — inexplicably promoted by Time magazine. Should not we be amazed that his phone didn’t snap in half under this pressure? That the glass didn’t fracture? Under pressure like this, bending but not breaking seems like an extraordinary feature. If you feel pressure like this on your iPhone 6 in your pocket, you need looser pants. And if you put your phone in your back pocket and sit on it, I’m not sure what to tell you.”
But if you put it in one of your front pockets, as iPhone users have been doing since the time the very first iPhone was released, then you’re certainly not to blame. Furthermore, bending the phone with your hands like in that video is obviously a lot more pressure than what the average iPhone 6 Plus will have to endure on a daily basis, but we’re already getting reports from people who have said the phone is bending in their front pockets after just one weekend of use.
And frankly, telling someone who spent hundreds of dollars on a high-end device that he or she might need looser pants to prevent a potential iPhone design flaw is like telling them they’re not holding the phone the right way.
Also, once you have purchased a handset, expecting it to bend because of the way you carry it around but still work thereafter shouldn’t be on your list of concerns. Not to mention that, even if the device works flawlessly after that, it just isn’t the same anymore. It’s bent.
It’s not clear whether this “Bend-gazi” issue is a widespread problem among iPhone 6 Plus users, and Apple isn’t saying anything on the matter just yet, but this might just be Tim Cook’s Antennagate-like moment. Time will tell.