Newsletter Issue #774: Apple Haters Get Bent Out of Shape

September 29th, 2014

The puns are aplenty in the wake of claims that the design of the iPhone 6, Apple’s first foray into the world of phablets, might be fatally flawed. Is it really true, as a certain YouTube video depicts, that anyone with normal strength can bend it to the point where the unit becomes unusable?

Questions, questions! But sometimes truth is not stranger than fiction. Sometimes the truth is so mundane as to consign a sensational story to irrelevance. That is surely true with the iPhone 6 Plus, despite the claims of it being unusually susceptible to damage.

There’s also a matter of having realistic expectations. Apple says that the anodized aluminum case, tempered for extra strength, is shored up with stainless steel and titanium inserts at “high stress” locations. So you expect that it should withstand normal use, but the real question is what’s normal, and what’s unrealistic? And just how are certain media outlets taking advantage of the situation?

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