After Apple said last month that it had received only nine reports of bent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units in their first six days on sale, some considered the "Bendgate" controversy overblown. But a newly released video is trying to bring it roaring back.
The creator of the website "One of the Nine" published a video on Sunday, viewable above, that purportedly shows 300 separate cases of bent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. The site was started in September to find those nine iPhone customers, as well as anyone else whose iPhone had bent.
Apple, a normally tight-lipped company, was resolute in late September when it said there was no issue with either the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus. But the creator of "One of the Nine" felt the issue was more systemic than Apple was letting on, so he began compiling various images and videos of bent phones.
"[T]he purpose of this site is to try and raise awareness of the issue of bending iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to get Apple to take responsibility for the problems," a statement on the website reads.
The site's creator, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Huffington Post in an email that customers say they have received unequal treatment from Apple after reporting bent phones. Some received a free replacement, for example, while others reported having had to pay up. The creator hopes his site could lead to a standardized response from Apple when someone brings in a bent phone.
"Our aim at the moment is to get a consistent reply from Apple on what customers should expect when they visit an Apple Store with a bent iPhone," the creator wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
The controversy around "Bendgate" erupted just days after the release of the iPhone 6, when review channels and customers alike alike began issuing reports of bent phones. The company has not addressed the issue again since that stern first statement in September. We reached out to Apple but did not hear back.