iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ video faked? Curious timing issues raise questions

“Apple wants you and all your friends to know that the iPhone 6 Plus probably won’t bend if you put it in your pocket or carry it around from day to day,” Elyse Betters reports for Pocket-lint. “And if it does bend, as with any Apple product, you should contact Apple.”

“In an official statement to Pocket-lint, Apple has suggested the entire situation is overblown and not at all a legitimate concern that customers should worry about: ‘With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,'” Betters reports. “It’s worth mentioning that one of the most popular videos from [Unbox Therapy], which reportedly showed an iPhone 6 Plus bending with little pressure applied, appears to be edited in a way that might reveal the video is a fake.”

“Notice the video shows the iPhone 6 Plus drastically bending at 1:40 minutes, and the time on the phone at that point displays 2:26 PM. The man in the video then proceeds to explain around 2:35 minutes into the video that he just finished bending the phone with his thumbs” Betters reports. “But there’s one problem with that version of events: The iPhone 6 Plus he supposedly ‘just’ bent displays the time 1:59 PM around 2:45 minutes into the video, roughly 27 minutes before the smartphone is shown succumbing to little pressure.”

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[Attribution: iPhone in Canada. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Correctu” for the heads up.]

54 Comments

  1. I did notice the time on the iPhone a few times, but figured the guy was taking multiple recordings to get his desired result.

    Still don’t believe that bend gate will amount to much. I’ll wait for the Consumer Reports results before I believe… lol

  2. When I first saw this the first thing I noticed was how much pressure he had to exert to actually bend the phone. Look at the color of his fingertips as he presses and note how his hands start to shake as he stresses the phone to the point of bending.

    Apple should have his picture posted in every Apple Store in case this bozo tries to get a replacement.

    1. Hey – waitaminute! When I posted that it was in response to a Samsung-looking photo with a bent iPhone “prostrating” before a samsung phone. Then the picture disappeared. What’s going on? Did I hallucinate?

    1. The video hung when I watched it again. I had not noticed before that he points out that his iPhone 6 Plus already has a flaw (or something) prior to the video bend test. How bent was it before the test? What was used to bend it before the video?

      Apple showed off the stress and bending lab yesterday. How about some real numbers from a load cell while bending a phone. And, when this guy bent his iPhone, he placed his thumbs directly at the prior bent location at the edge of the iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, it could be the weak point. But, can you do that in your pocket? I put the glass in towards my leg to protect it in an empty pocket. He bent his in a way to avoid using the glass and other inner parts to support the force holding the top and bottom edges to maximize the leverage bending the iPhone. This would be hard to do in my pocket in real life. Have him put one in his pocket and do that again. I would like to see that video again and again. Keep in mind, the iPhone was still working so he could call 911 if he ever gets it to bend in his pocket!

      1. Totally agree that would be fraud and anyone guilty of trying to damage a companies business in that way should be sued or prosecuted if deemed a criminal act for substantial recompense. This sort of thing very likely encouraged or produced by jealous competitors must be stopped.

      2. Hes a liar, the video is doctored, lol I would be surprised if that was the same iPhone throughout the entire video..
        Apple should sue this guy. The time on the phones gives it away. notice I said phones because I don’t believe the one in the start of the video is the same one in the end.

  3. so he bent it once off camera, then bent it back to make video. he did that so when he filmed himself bending it with hands it would bend easily since he already bent it once.

    total fraud

  4. From the beginning i knew this particular issue was over-blown. I did mention somewhere that a company which did not mind to cheat its own customers by boosting their mobiles core performance results artificially might have been the ones who spoilt the experience of loyal customers who wanted to buy the iPhone 6 standing queue on the first day. Would not be surprised if they sponsored people to stand in line to be spoil sport to Apple lovers. Do not forget the news that S**su*g had people in line last year during iPhone 5S launch to understand how Apple products alone could generate such enthusiasm.

    They can’t make thinner phones this or generate such demand for their class and cheap attitude they might as well do these.

    I was only disappointed with Apple on their execution on relay of launch event and 8.0.1 disaster. But these are so so rare. I would re-iterate that though we all are frustrated we should give Apple the leverage to fail 1% of the time. Its only fair.

    Net result is Shenanigans(S**s**g) will be and remain so :).

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