Apple dismisses bending iPhone 6 Plus claims, says only nine complaints received

26 Sep 2014

The new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

After allowing the #Bendgate saga to stew for a day or two, Apple has responded to the issue and said it has received only nine complaints about its new iPhone 6 Plus smartphone bending under pressure.

Earlier this week, videos emerged online showing how the mostly aluminium device could be bent out of shape if pressure was exerted upon the smartphone.

Reports had emerged that users were complaining the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was prone to bending or warping from being placed in the front pockets of jeans or trousers.

However, Apple has told CNBC that the new iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 contain titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations.

The company added that the sapphire screen on the devices is the strongest glass in the smartphone industry.

Apple said it received only nine complaints from customers so far about the iPhone 6 Plus bending.

Since going on sale in the US and UK and other large markets last Friday, Apple reported it has sold a record 10m devices.

International sales of the new devices, including Ireland, begin this morning.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years