Two teenagers have filmed themselves going into an Apple store, bending an iPhone 6 Plus until the screen pops out and leaving before they’re caught.
The pair are seen on camera at the start of the footage claiming that they want to test reports that the new iPhone 6 Plus can be bent out of shape when it is put in people's pockets for long periods of time.
‘Bend gate’, as it has become known, has marred the launch of Apple's latest smartphone.
The boys, whose behaviour shouldn't be condoned, claim that Apple had dismissed the reports too easily.
On shaky footage (filmed on an iPhone 4), they can be seen going into an Apple store in the UK to bend an iPhone 6 Plus that is on display.
They succeed, with enough force, causing the screen to be popped out before then quizzing an Apple employee as to whether the 'Bendgate' reports were true. They claim the employee replies that reports of the bending were an “online rumour”.
iOS 8: The nine best features
iOS 8: The nine best features
1/9 1. Name, mute or leave a group conversation
For any messaging conversation with more than two participants you can now name it, mute it, share your location (great for arranging a meeting) or leave it altogether. Simply click ‘Details’ in the top corner of the conversation for the new options.
2/9 2. Get Siri to identify a song
Shazam’s been doing this for a while but now song identification is built into Apple’s personal assistant. Simply ask “What song is playing?” and Siri will answer – including giving users an option to buy the track. You can also now activate Siri just by talking - though you need to turn this on from Settings > General > Siri.
3/9 3. Use a search engine that doesn't track you
DuckDuckGo has long been the search engine of choice for the privacy conscious. It has everything you'd expect - news, images, videos - but doesn't track your searches to create a user profile to sell to advertisers. Now you can make DuckDuckGo the default search choice in Safari - just go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine.
4/9 4. Turn on your iPhone’s ‘distress signal’
‘Find My iPhone’ is a fantastic feature that allows you to locate, lock or wipe your device if it get’s lost or stolen (go Settings > iCloud to turn it on), but in iOS 8 there’s a new option to ‘Send Last Location’ - an iPhone distress signal that’s sent out to your iCloud account when the battery’s about to run out.
5/9 5. Take a time lapse video
Third party apps have done this for a while but now time lapse is built into the camera. Just swipe to the far left on the camera-mode dial and set the exposure. There’s also (finally) a self-timer for three or 10 seconds and new exposure options for changing how bright a picture looks.
6/9 6. Dictate a message in real time
The new Talk-to-Type mode on the keyboard (that little microphone icon) now works live and is even more accurate than before. If you’ve not tried it before it’s worth a go (though isn’t much fun to use in public).
7/9 7. Install a new keyboard
With iOS 8 Apple is finally opening up the keyboard to third-party options. Although the company is also greatly improving its own offering (which will now have context-sensitive word suggestions) it’s worth downloading SwiftKey from the App Store - the best independent mobile keyboard on the market.
8/9 8. See which apps are draining your battery
Battery life is a constant worry with smartphones, but now the iPhone lets you see which apps are the worst offenders when it comes to using up battery (find it in Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage).
9/9 9. Take a call on your tablet
If you’ve installed iOS 8 on your iPad and it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone then – voila – you can take calls on your iPad. When your phone rings a notification will flash up on your tablet and just pick up as you would a Skype call.
At the end of the clip, one of the teenagers tells the audience: “We were in the Apple store bending and breaking their iPhone, which I’m guessing is like criminal damage or something, I guess. I don’t even care to be honest because it’s Apple’s fault – they’re kind of false advertising saying it’s the best iPhone but clearly it’s not if it can bend in your hands and pocket.”
Apple have yet to respond to The Independent for comment.