Kids today, am I right? They love to take selfies, listen to 5 Seconds of Summer and generally set the agenda for the next big thing.
If that latter characteristic is the case, we could all be hitting up Apple Stores to bend the iPhone 6 Plus in the near future. That's just what two teens named Danny and Cudy did recently, and of course the whole thing made its way to YouTube because what kid today doesn't love his or her 15 minutes of Internet fame?
In the video, Danny and Cudy speak directly to the camera, without hiding their faces at all, and explain that we're about to see them go into an Apple Store and bend an iPhone 6 Plus right then and there. They are in fact able to bend the iPhone 6 Plus in the store, and the screen does pop out slightly, but it takes some force as you can see the whites of their knuckles appear. Even though it looks like they bent multiple phones, the teens would later claim that the replaying of the bending of the iPhone is just to show the act from different angles, not the bending of multiple phones.
The teens also claim that they spoke with an Apple Store employee who told them "Bendgate" is just a rumor, and the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't bend. However, the audio in the video is extremely low, and it's difficult to tell what the Apple Store employee told them.
Apple addressed the "Bendgate" rumors last week, saying in a statement that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering told The Verge, "The bottom line is that if you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it's going to deform."
Danny and Cudy are apparently not the only people to put "Bendgate" to the test, and some of them are adults. Business Insider recently reprinted a piece from the blog Cramer's Shirt that detailed writer Carmine Pirone's experience of bending an iPhone 6 Plus in the Apple Store. Wall Street analyst Walter Piecyk also recently tweeted about going into the Apple Store and unsuccessfully trying to bend an iPhone 6 Plus.
Just stopped in an AT&T store to try and bend a 6+. You have to be kidding me. That is not bendable. $AAPL
— Walter Piecyk (@WaltBTIG) September 26, 2014
Several people on Twitter also tweeted about bending the iPhone 6 Plus at Apple Stores or knowing others who have done so.
Heading to the Apple store to bend all the demo iPhones — David Connell (@david_connell) September 23, 2014
Im about to go to the Apple Store and try and bend the iPhone 6*
— Atlas (@ooAtlas) September 24, 2014
Can't wait to go to an Apple Store and bend all the new iPhones there — Josh Hwang (@Joshhwanghwang) September 24, 2014
I just got told off in the Apple Store in Covent Garden for trying to bend an iPhone 6+.
— Paul Ronson (@paulprobson) September 25, 2014
I think I might go to the Apple store today to Test Bend the Display #iPhone6 — Huggy Lowdown (@HuggyLowdownDC) September 25, 2014
At the Apple Store again. Gonna see how many iPhone 6s I can bend.
— sara kiesling (@sarakiesling) September 26, 2014
Was in the Apple Store the other day and some display models were gone. Store guy told me that people keep trying to bend them. Cretins. — Paul Watson (@WalnutSoap) September 28, 2014
I'm off to the Apple Store to bend some expensive electronics. You know, for work.
— Dylan Love (@dylanlove) September 29, 2014
Friend has confirmed that people are in the Regents Street Apple Store trying to bend the iPhones. — Shen Ye (@shen) September 29, 2014
It's unclear whether these people actually went through with going to the Apple Store and bending the iPhone 6 Plus. However, as many have pointed out, the very thought of people doing that is pretty ridiculous. Sure, once you've bought an iPhone 6 Plus, you can go to town bending that thing, but destroying property that isn't yours is just cruel and possibly criminal. And the fact that the teens seemed to be getting so much joy out of bending an iPhone that wasn't theirs, especially with the potential to get some "Likes" on the video, was all-around disturbing and a sad commentary on the way we live now.
Since the original video has blown up, one of the teens released a video in response to all the notoriety he and his friend have received. Basically, Cudy said that the video has gotten way more attention than he intended, taking full responsibility for the act. He also said they're not going to return to the Apple Store or bend any more iPhones. "If we have to pay, we have to pay," Cudy said in the video. "We did not plan for this to go viral online."
Well, it's a bit too late for that. Unfortunately, the Internet is forever, no matter how hard you try to make it otherwise. Cudy said he doesn't know what's going to happen to him regarding the incident as of now, but he does offer some advice for anyone else thinking about being a copycat. "Don't do it in general, but if you have done it and you have recorded it, don't put it online," Cudy said in the video. "Worst mistake to do, as I know."