Foxconn CEO on #bendgate: "How can a phone bend?"

Foxconn CEO on #bendgate:
We've finally put the whole #bendgate fiasco to bed, but this is one story that we had to pass along, because it is almost comically ridiculous. You would fully expect that Foxconn would be there to defend Apple, no matter what, because Foxconn would be a far smaller company if it weren't for Apple's business; but, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou's response to bendgate is going a little to far in its defense.

In talking with reporters, Gou expressed his thoughts on the whole mess, saying, "How can a phone bend? This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don't blindly listen to it." He even went on to dig at the myriad videos of iPhones being bent on purpose, saying, "Hands are made to shake hands, not for bending." 

There are so many problems with those statements, we're not quite sure where to begin. But, we'll try to work our way through starting at the top. 1) How can a phone bend? In this case, by having a structural flaw that caused a weak point in the case, which can bend under the right circumstances. There are many phones that bend, so this shouldn't really be a foreign concept. 2) Competitor distortions? There were some jokes by competitors, but to call those "distortions" is a stretch, and to say this was "all caused" by those few ads is patently false. The issue is real, and it more than likely affects more than the supposed 9 people that Apple says has complained. The problem was certainly mishandled and overstated by people bending the phone on purpose, but that makes it no less real. 

Lastly, if the only thing Mr. Gou is using his hands for are shaking hands, he is doing something extremely wrong. Hands were made for tons and tons of things, and one of those is definitely bending. Maybe they shouldn't be used for bending pieces of technology, but that's a completely different discussion. 

source: MacWorld UK via BGR

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38 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

Lmao what is he smoking?

4. Run.n.Gun

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Hundred Dollar Apple bills

14. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

+1 brotha

28. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

More like what apple is placing in his wallet to make him smoke something.

2. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This topic has been mentioned enough already. I think he shouldn't have said anything because no one is talking about this anymore. Just put a good case on your phone and it should be fine. I'm a Android guy but this is getting out of hand.!!

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Well, the plus can only withstand 70lbs of pressure. That's not much compared to the competition. I can bend that easily by accident. Maybe I've been drinking too much protein.

7. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

How does your reply pertain to anything that I said..?? And btw we all seen the charts already.!!

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That 70lbs of force was applied in the middle It would take much less force than that at its weak point around the buttons

16. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL BendGate is here to stay. IT'S REAL. No iOS update can fix it. Until next iPhone6S+(if)

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No Android L update will fix the Note 4, either. Your crow is coming right up...

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

There is nothing to fix in note 4... Of you're again goin to say about water spill test....then wait for it to be tested...then you can say whateva you want...

30. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

26. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

There is nothing to fix in note 4... Of you're again goin to say about water spill test....then wait for it to be tested...then you can say whateva you want...

29. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Not all android users are Samsung consumers. You've got to widen your argument scope, butthurt appologist.

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I don't have anything against Android. I use it regularly. I'm currently rocking the Moto X 2014.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's to fix? Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. This site have it a higher ranking than the iPhone 6 Plus.

37. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The same thing as the 6+ has, according to the majority here: it bends. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SDIu-GcX5aM

38. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It took a lot more force to bend it not nearly as bad as the iPhone 6 Plus bent. When they start bending in front pockets, then we'll talk.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think he was trying to be poetic with the hand shaking thing by implying unity with the shaking hands analogy. Might have been lost in translation.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How can a phone bend? Apparently, in a front pocket.

12. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Front pocket or back pocket? Because I has 6+ since 19th and mostly I put it in my front pocket but my phone doesn't bend.

13. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

Ditto...my iPhone 6 Plus has yet to bend. But I dunno...maybe I'm not doing it correctly.

17. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Keep in a drawer(like all the other iP6+ owners) and you will never have a problem, too.

22. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Good for you. We've clearly seen how little it takes, so it'll definitely happen to some people. You two haven't had any problems yet, so... Good for you! :-)

36. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Your pants need to be tighter... Call Anthony

18. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Front, according to quite a few people it happened to, including a big Apple fan who pooh-poohed the whole bendgate thing, right up until it happened to him and his "babied" iPhone 6 Plus.

23. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Link?

34. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Some how I can always tell (without looking) that Michael is the author of an article. One of the most neutral unbiased journalists I know. Chapeau Michael

10. icrappy

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

what a retard question is that?

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