#Bendgate is back with the iPad Air 2: Watch the wafer-thin tablet snap in half on video

#Bendgate is back with the iPad Air 2: Watch the wafer-thin tablet snap in half on video
Looking back at the whole iPhone 6 Plus #Bendgate debacle, it's impossible for anyone to downplay the incredible effect a single video from a guy who thought it's a good idea to test out the phablet's rigidity generated. In fact so easy was the iPhone 6 Plus to bend that the original clip that started it all racked in views in the tens of millions on YouTube alone -- a fraction of the total interest generated throughout the web. It's hard to pinpoint any one single factor that contributes to content's sudden rise to viral status, but in the case of #Bendgate, it probably had at least something to do with the fact that we were talking about an Apple product, Besides, there's just something oddly-satisfying (and, at the same time, horrifying) about witnessing the destruction of tech that costs hundreds of bucks as if it's no big deal. But enough with the introduction.

When Apple took to the stage about ten days ago and announced that its new iPad Air 2 will be impossibly-thin, at 0.24 inches (6.1 mm), many of you have probably paused for at least a second to consider the possibility that it, too, will easily bend. Interestingly enough, the first bend test of the iPad Air 2 that we saw just two days ago (see it below) lead us to think that the Air 2 won't suffer from a similar issue. The slate looked rigid. But another video that followed up just hours later shows a completely different picture -- not only does the iPad Air 2 bend, but it can be literally snapped in two with just two hands. Yep. This again. 

Obviously, unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you're unlikely to ever think of putting your iPad Air 2 inside your pocket (nor will it fit anyway), and it does seem like our bending expert is exerting quite some force in the video. Beyond a certain point, we can't reasonably expect a gadget like a tablet to withstand as much abuse, after all. Right? What say you? Are we looking at yet another round of #Bendgate?

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98 Comments

1. Furbal unregistered

ouch, lucky he didnt cut his thumbs pressing on the glass like that.

75. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I wish his thumbs had been all cut up, the battery explode in his face, and he get electrocuted all at the same time. He would at least have gotten more hits, which is what his goal was in the first place anyway.

83. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't usually wish misfortune on anyone, but I wouldn't have felt bad had that happened. He would have been deserving for doing something so stupid. +1

84. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

shyt! This is the best video next too the ip6 #bengate! But man he didn't cut himself.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They need to stop this bendgate thing, what a waste of money and resources

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

We need to stop watching these videos Since they are make money from the views If we stop watching it be profitable for them any more

14. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Waste of money?! Clearly you don't have any clue on how Youtube works do you? The guy behind the iPhone 6+ bend test prolly made out of that video more than you will make this year. Check the top 10 Youtube earners and you ll get it how things work.

53. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

In case you don't know, this video guy is an Apple spoilt brat who wish to gain some attention, check out his video, tons of Apple products

44. KParks23

Posts: 736; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I didnt watch, anyone with half a brain would know its gonna bend its got the same build as the iphone but much bigger dont see this as a big deal you dont put this tablet in your pocket.

50. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

http://www.oneofthenine.com/ But it's real for some people.

80. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Everything will be stopped if the third class hybrid company Apple dies. What a waste of having a human brain.

94. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

People already wast their money buying breaking their iphone and iPad. So who cares

3. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Not again?#bendgate

46. 5sApple

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

The new revolutionary bendable metallic tablet...!

85. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now it have a curve screen.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Apart from the fact that it would be obvious the iPad bends as well. The second video is total BS, first of all he doesn't push hard in anyway. Second he mentions it's not bend at all, yet around 2.00 you can see the iPad is slightly bend. Still I wouldn't consider this bendgate nr 2. Nobody puts it in their pockets anyway nor would they bend it on purpose.

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well said... I also dont consider it a bendgate bcoz no one is going to put a tablet inside the pocket... so bendgate is a real concern for ip6+ only

43. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

2nd vid... all I kept thinking is "Do you even lift bruh!"

57. 90ninjas unregistered

I'm sure he was pushing hard, but look at them arms.

59. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Also, any engineer knows that torque = Force x distance. The second video held the tablet close to the edges decreasing. Where the first video pressed in the middle causing an increase in force being pushed in the middle. It is very evidence the second guy wasn't even trying.

66. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

What about the high school & college students that put their iPad in their book bag with all the other books and supplies for their classes? There's a chance that the iPad will bend there.

103. Hasan_Boris

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Exactly my question! An answer anybody?

5. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Conclusion : it bends when pushing on the glass not on the back of the tablet.

13. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Of course. Glass is strong and hard, aluminium is soft.

39. bataxstar unregistered

Could be a conclusion but I think it's because that German guy puts it's thumbs in the middle of the screen instead of at the sides like that other guy does in the video.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

This is pointless. The 6+ bowing in people's pockets is one thing, but under what circumstance can this possibly be considered normal usage?

27. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

One of the many possibilites ,is when you put your tablet in your backpack, it will easily bend

34. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

Umm.. how? In theory the only things heavy enough to bend it in a backpack would be large textbooks, which are the same or similar height and width as the ipad itself, which would actually protect the iPad against creasing if something terrible were to happen like getting into an accident of some type.

65. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I see people sitting on backpacks, throwing them & all around solid misuse. Plus in crowded environments people can bump to your backpack causing damage. I see backpacks taking a beating in the subway on a daily basis. I am sorry but the iPad Air 2 should be a heck of a lot more solidly built. It bends too easily.

69. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm sure none of those folks have iPads in their backpacks either. 99% of people don't buy a $500+ tablet, put it in their backpack, & then sit on it or throw it around. Besides, someone bumping into you in a crowded area isn't going to snap your iPad in half. You're just being ridiculous. Besides, putting your iPad in your backpack & throwing it around wouldn't count as normal use anyway. At that point, you don't deserve any money back if it breaks.

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