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.
Apple has somewhat rejected the accusations 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
— Pringles (@Pringles) September 25, 2014
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.
“I’ll never bend your iPhone 6.” – sweatpants
— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) September 26, 2014
Who would have thought sweatpants would ever be the trouser of choice for hipsters. They’re not really, but they may be the only way of insuring your iPhone 6 remains as flat as possible.
— Sean Coates (@coates) September 24, 2014
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.
If the #bendgate is true, then iPhone should hereafter be known as jphone
— Alchemist (@iBestest) September 25, 2014
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
— Slim Jim (@SlimJim) September 24, 2014
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
Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets. #HTCOneM8
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) September 24, 2014
You can’t really blame HTC for mocking Apple in this way. I mean, it was an easy goal from their point of view.
— Simon Sugar (@Amscreen_Simon) September 25, 2014
The same goes for Samsung, Apple’s biggest rival when it comes to smartphones, and the company which popularized the phablet craze which Cupertino has only just caught up with.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014
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.
— Ronald Jonkers (@roon82) September 24, 2014
This is a PSA advising Apple fans 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.
— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) September 24, 2014
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.
— Matteo Lallone (@iGriever) September 24, 2014
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
— Heineken NL (@Heineken_NL) September 25, 2014
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
Have A Break
— KITKAT (@KITKAT) September 24, 2014
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.
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) September 25, 2014
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
— Omar Mohsen (@OmarMohsen04) September 24, 2014
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.
3 Degrees Of Bending
— GADGETLOVE (@gadgetloveit) September 24, 2014
This makes me think Apple is missing a trick with the iPhone 6 Plus. Pretend the bending is intentional, and that it molds to the user’s face after the first week of use. PR disaster averted.
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) September 24, 2014
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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