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Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Dave Parrack 28-09-2014

Some people called it BendGate, some called it Bendghazi. Most people called it “that time when the iPhone 6 Plus bent from being kept in a pocket for too long.” Whatever you personally called it, the result was the same: Apple being trolled hard online by individuals and brands alike over the iPhone 6 Plus bending far too easily The iPhone 6 Bends In Your Pocket, Blizzard Cancels Titan MMO, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Samsung in Europe, Microsoft bug hunting, Google in-app purchases, texting while driving, and the Windows Phone cat. Read More .


Apple has somewhat rejected the accusations Apple Dismisses iPhone 6 Bending, Hollywood Uses Drones, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, iOS 8.0.2, Steam Music Player, free multiplayer gaming, Ballmer hates iPads, and blending the iPhone 6 Plus. Read More that this is a widespread problem caused by a design flaw. It’s apparently “extremely rare” for an iPhone 6 Plus to bend under normal circumstances. But no one really cares about that when a golden opportunity to mock Apple has presented itself. Twitter went into overdrive, and we have compiled the best reactions to BendGate just for you.

Don’t Try This At Home

This refers to the fake Apple Wave feature that originated on 4chan. It claimed iOS 8 meant you could charge your iPhone using a microwave oven. You can’t. No, please don’t try it, you’ll kill your iPhone and potentially blow your house up.

Worst Hashtag Ever

There’s nothing wrong with a little bend, at least on Pringles. On iPhones, it’s a different matter entirely. As for that hashtag, each individual Pringle is a hyperbolic paraboloid, apparently. You learn something new every day.

Fashion Critic

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The intonation here suggests that none of us should be surprised that things kept in pockets get bent out of shape. But a spoon is clearly a lot less stable than an iPhone. Or at least that should be the case.


Subtle Genius

This may be the most intelligent thing anyone has yet said about BendGate. If Apple ever releases a phone which is intentionally curved then jPhone it is. Right?

Slim Jim Air

To be fair to Apple, no one has yet tested whether the iPhone 6 can survive being stored in the mouth. I’m sure it won’t be long until a bored YouTuber conducts such an experiment though.

Good Advice M8

You can’t really blame HTC for mocking Apple in this way. I mean, it was an easy goal from their point of view.

Take Note

The same goes for Samsung, Apple’s biggest rival when it comes to smartphones, and the company which popularized the phablet craze Fabulous Phablets: The 5 Best Big-Screen Smartphones You Can Buy If you're going to buy a big-screen phone now, and by that, we mean something that's larger than a 5.5-inch screen and smaller than a 7-inch tablet, these are your best options. Read More which Cupertino has only just caught up with.


Design Flaw(less)

LG also got in on the act, using the opportunity to promote the LG G Flex. This is, after all, a phone designed to be bent and shaped as the user sees fit.

It’s Spreading

This is a PSA advising Apple fans 28 Websites Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark Are you passionate about Apple? Here are the online blogs, message boards, and Apple-related resources you should bookmark. Read More to avoid keeping their MacBooks in their pockets as well. I mean, just look at that thing, it’s totally ruined, and all because some idiot decided to sit down with it in their pocket. Or perhaps not.

Still Edible

That is good to know, but anyone who keeps a burger in their pocket for even a few seconds should probably reconsider their lifestyle choices.


Ah, Bender from Futurama. Who didn’t think of him when BendGate began? He fits in surprisingly well at Apple too, although we’re guessing the rest of the executive team smokes less cigars and drinks less beer.


Keep Calm & Drink Beer

Talking of beer, Heineken couldn’t resist getting in on the act, but tying the iPhone 6 bending in to the way a beer bottle top bends after opening is slightly desperate tenuous.

Have A Break

If you ever find a KitKat that does bend rather than break you have clearly left it out in the sun too long. Perhaps that’s the future fate for the iPhone 7: melting rather than bending.


As one-liners go, that’s pretty impressive. Other sly digs directed towards Apple include, “Bend It Like Beckham.” The irony is that Beckham would never be seen holding an iPhone in public because Apple doesn’t pay him to do so.

Cue Crowd Applause

You know this would have received a rapturous round of applause from the gathered masses had Tim Cook actually announced it. Even among the tech journalists, who seem to lose all notion of fair, balanced, and unbiased reporting when it comes to the launching of new Apple products Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More .


3 Degrees Of Bending

This makes me think Apple is missing a trick with the iPhone 6 Plus Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? The term "phablet" very much applies to Apple's recently announced iPhone 6 Plus, but there's more to it than just a bigger screen. Read More . Pretend the bending is intentional, and that it molds to the user’s face after the first week of use. PR disaster averted.

Surreal iPhone

I told you the melting thing would happen, I just didn’t realize it would happen quite so quickly.

What’s Your Favorite Reaction So Far?

We want to know what your favorite reaction to BendGate is, whether it’s included here or not.

Do you like other phone manufacturers taking the opportunity to make fun of a direct competitor? Do you appreciate brands jumping on the bandwagon for free advertising? Do you prefer the tweets from individuals who just find the whole thing hilarious? Please let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Rob
    January 20, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Irritating as Apple may be along with their fanboys, they actually are innovators in one area that other companies follow. Specifically, their friendly fascism corporate B.S. mentality. Their employees are not workers, they are "geniuses" according to the Apple employee manual. TOTALLY NOT PRETENTIOUS AT ALL!!! The "genius" isn't allowed to say the computer is running hot or overheating but rather "warm". Also, the apology statements "geniuses" are supposed to say never directly blame the company. Example: "I'm sorry that you computer is running warm. I understand how you feel. I felt that way a long time ago but I got a new Apple computer and now my life is all rainbows and sunshine." This would imply that Apple is fallible and we wouldn't want our Apple overlords to look ordinary. I remember there was an organization that was into similar practices but it's hard to watch the footage since 1930's footage looks rather grainy plus I couldn't understand them as they were all speaking German.
    Ultimately: Don't like Apple? Don't buy their stuff. I don't. That's what is great about living in a country like the U.S. in which we have freedom to choose what to buy and what not to buy.

  2. DonGateley
    September 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    As Steve would advise: well, don't do that.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

      And if your shiny new iPhone 6 Plus bends while sat in your pocket? Can the users really be blamed for that?

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Perhaps they can. The fact is that when you create a product that is as lightweight as the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, there will be some compromises in design, including the 'hardness' of the aluminum. The iPhone 6 bending is way overblown, just a way for people who don't like Apple to pick on Apple. Besides, if someone wears pants tight enough to bend aluminum, that's not an Apple problem.

    • JW
      October 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Perhaps they can. The fact is that when you create a product that is as lightweight as the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, there will be some compromises in design, including the 'hardness' of the aluminum. The iPhone 6 bending is way overblown, just a way for people who don't like Apple to pick on Apple. Besides, if someone wears pants tight enough to bend an iPhone -- which would take the same amount of pressure to break three pencils -- that's not a design flaw. Under normal use, the iPhone 6 is fine.

  3. Jon
    September 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    @Demola. Two things. 1. You take things way too seriously, and 2. You are wrong. Apple never claimed to make perfect products--just better one. Apple never claimed to copy--just not steal patented work. On the other hand, Apple is plainly the most copied company in the whole world. That, in fact, is one reason why all of the above spoofs work. If someone tried to poke fun at Samsung, what could they do it to? Samsung _only_ copies. That's all they've ever done. For that matter, Android was supposed to be a copy of Blackberry--until Jobs announced the iPhone, then it shifted gears to imitate the iPhone. It's not a matter of copying, but how, and what you do with it. And lastly, Apple didn't give themselves any "godlike" status--you do by claiming it. I don't see Apple in that light. I see them as simply making some of the best hardware I am willing to spend my money on. And this is part of what I was trying to say. It is not Apple's _fans_ that gives Apple its stature, but its _enemies_--the detractors and nay-sayers who raise its stature by ranting, raving and frothing at the mouth. If Apple weren't something in _their_ eyes, then Apple wouldn't be in the spotlight. I've been an Apple fan since the 80s, and I never ever considered or cared how the rest of the world saw Apple--still don't. And this has been true for most of Apple's existence. It's not the fans that care, but the haters, and that, to be frank, humors me. Thanks for your reply.

    • cptpicard
      September 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      @Jon. Two things. 1. You like Apple way too much, and 2. You are wrong.

    • Chinmay S
      September 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm


      He has told his reasons for supporting Apple devices but it looks like you don't have a single reason to prove him wrong.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Apple in the 80s was a different beast than Apple today. Back then, they were the underdog, now, not so much. So that may have affected your opinion on the company and how other people see Apple.

      All the while there are rabid fanboys willing to buy anything and everything Apple releases, there will be detractors who simply do not understand the logic of that way of thinking.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

      This is true. But it's not so funny going after HTC ;)

    • pedro ubuntu
      November 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      .::[ apple non-tech noobs ]::.

      HTC one wins the price of best samrtphone in the market,
      in GLOBAL MOBIL AWARDS 2014 conference ->

      apple high-profile ???? loooooooooooooooool
      let me explain what an apple device is:
      1 - apple is hardware buy to firms like INTEL, RADEON,ASUS,etc,,,
      (if you dont know INTEL dosent build a chiptech to windows another to linux, another to bsd, another to solaris or apple, INTEL makes a chiptech thats going to be used by all OS)

      2 - the operative system that apple uses as written by mr dennis ritchie
      UNIX/BSD kernel and apple engennerings write 10% of code above the UNIX/BSD kernel to make the 'buttons' you press or the appstore were
      you can download not free stuff from it...

      3- in sepcs all the others systems are better, because apple releases a new distro 2 in 2 years <-- this meens that buiyng the new yosemint OS you will
      be stuck to that hardware for 2 years (and all the others can update there
      hardware any time they want "better specs any time")

      4- linux presents better results in benchemark test since 2006

      5- opengl driver to INTEL chiptechs presents better results in a linux system

      6- all major firms in this planet use linux because its more fast, more secure and consumes less resources working (ram) than any aplle device made
      and thats the reazon why in the list of 500 supercomputers 97% runs
      on linux kernel...

      7- about apple dont copy from others: in that case than apple dosent exist in this world, because APPLE1 the first personal computer (PC) to be marketed uses MS-DOS kernel stolen from xerox/IBM, and a few years
      later they (apple) as changed to use the UNIX/BSD kernel that you use this days, and you are not aware of the news (apple its coping from linux)
      thats why in yosemint (new apple OS) you have things like spootligth doing
      online searchs, or thats the reazon why you have multiple desktops on the screen, or even installing open source softaware (and so on......)
      and i could bee here all day long showing what an apple device trully is...

  4. Jon
    September 28, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Let's be honest, would anybody do this if it were Samsung phones? Or HTC? Or Motorola? No. Only Apple gets this kind of treatment... The fact that this sort of thing happens just reflects Apple's stature, and the relative stature of the companies that are hitching onto this little bandwagon.

    I suppose also, (other than the obviously humorous takes from non-rivals) they expose a certain pettiness and desperation from themselves.

    • Demola
      September 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Remember the Mac vs PC ads? People troll Apple because Apple was trying to prove it never produced inferior products.

      Remember the whole Samsung copied everything trials? People troll Apple because Apple claimed to never copy.

      Remember the extensive use of "revolutionary" in Apple shows? People troll Apple because Apple has given themselves a godlike status which they obviously do not have.

    • Chinmay S
      September 28, 2014 at 10:37 am


      "Remember the whole Samsung copied everything trials? People troll Apple because Apple claimed to never copy"
      Apple never copied Samsung. Check this site.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

      You may have a point, Jon. Apple is definitely a high-profile company, which means they're subjected to more scrutiny than most. However, I also agree with Demola that Apple tries to give off an air of invincibility, so when anything does go wrong, their competitors seize on it with gusto.