After some users discovered the iPhone 6 Plus bends when held in pockets in a certain manner, the phenomenon quickly turned into a PR problem for Apple, as #Bendgate videos went viral on YouTube, showing that the phone can be easily bent if enough force is applied in a certain way. Apple has largely refuted those claims by explaining its extensive iPhone torture testing, and saying replacements may be in order for affected customers. Apple’s claims were then backed up by a similar torture tests from Consumers Reports. Now even Foxconn, which makes the iPhone 6 Plus for Apple, has come out in denial of Bendgate with a wild conspiracy theory-type claim.
Speaking to reporters, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that competitors are to blame for Bendgate, as Macworld U.K. reports.
“How can a phone bend? This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don’t blindly listen to it,” Gou said on Tuesday. “Hands are made to shake hands, not for bending,” he added.
Yes, it does take a certain kind of pressure to bend the phone and it only happens in a certain position. And yes, the whole #Bendgate thing has been exaggerated. But you can’t deny the iPhone 6 can bend as Gou does, just as you can’t tell affected users that their pants preferences are to blame.
Also, competitors are obviously not to blame for all the bending, as many other devices have been similarly bent in other videos. Not to mention all those Instagram images showing accidentally bent iPhone 6 units out in the wild.