iPhone 6: #Bendghazi

Asked for their first reactions to Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, SAS students reacted. “It’s too big for my small hands!” exclaimed Kiana Baghaie.

“It can bend!” Arushi added.

Despite Steve Jobs’ dislike of bigger phones, Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month. The new phone has 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens for a reason: rival companies, particularly Samsung, have spent the last two years building a market in a space that Apple ignored — the market for people who want big, bright screens that are great for working with media and doing work.

At 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is large even in smartphone standards. So big, in fact, that many users are complaining of not being able to fit it in their pockets.

Of course, there was only a matter of time before the iPhone 6 Plus started causing problems. Today, word on the street is that the 5.5-inch phone is vulnerable to an unplanned situational curvature. In other words, the phones are bending. They bend when people put their phones in their pockets and sit down, which is a reasonable thing to do. Call it Apple’s #Bendghazi, if you will. Or #Bendgate.

In fact,  myriad Twitter reactions even circled around the net, amplifying the #Bendgate trends:

A weird meme is developing around whether women should buy the iPhone 6 Plus.

Student Catie Lee, in reaction to the iPhone 6 Plus, contends “It’s too big… it won’t fit in my pocket!”

If women feel the iPhone 6 Plus is not for them because they do not have hands or pockets big enough to hold the  device, it could theoretically retard sales.

“Women may not be so lucky with the new iPhones,” wrote Abby Johnston on the feminist blog Bustle. Pockets on women’s jeans are smaller than those in men’s jeans, and the iPhone 6 Plus might not fit in women’s.

Fashion brand Uniqlo was recently made this statement: “We are having conversations currently with the product development team regarding technology overall, and how our clothes can provide compatibility from a user perspective. Jean pockets is one of those conversations.”

Clothing brand J. Crew was also chimed in. “Throughout the design process, we try to consider every aspect of the way our customers live their lives, and changing mobile technology is no exception. We think about all of these details — whether it’s introducing new tech accessories for the new iPhone 6 — or special interior pockets to carry the various generations of iPads or tablets.”

At the end of the day, Apple products still sell out. A day before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were due to to launch in Singapore, queues had already formed outside Apple stores and telco outlets across the country. We just can’t get enough of Apple… even if we are left with a bent phone.


Author: Sanya Seth

Sanya Seth is a Copy Editor of The Eye and is one of the Morning Show’s production staff. She is a senior and this is her first year as a journalism student. Besides leading a busy life with people to see and places to be, she enjoys talking, taking royal naps, and in her free time can be found sipping on coffee from her special mug. You can contact her at seth34759@sas.edu.sg.

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