back to article TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Two teenagers have braved the wrath of Tim Cook after apparently sneaking into an Apple store and bending a number of iPhones, after which they uploaded the vid to YouTube, as you do. The pair, whose faces are visible in the video, performed their "test" in response to persistent rumours that the iPhone 6 Plus was changing …

Great work

Similarly I like to scratch diamonds on the face of Rolexes watches in my local jewellers whenever they have a new model out, just to, you know, show Rolex how they need to fix their sapphire glass

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Re: Great work

"A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence."

Looks like they will be footing the bill.

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The phones are there for demonstration purposes and the kids were told the phones couldn't be bent... So they were merely testing the assertion of the sales clerk. Don't see how they could be held liable if they can prove the sales clerk told them the phones couldn't be bent.

If I'm told something can't be bent the first thing I'll do is try to bend it, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that instinct.

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Re: Great work

A friend bought a Rolex Oyster that filled with water the first time he popped his hands overboard.

Rolex had it back 3 times before they actually tried fixing it. He had to demand a glass of water very loudly in the shop to demonstrate to the unbelieving arseholes that it did indeed fill with water before it was 200m down,

Road testing can be good when the seller is a little too self confident.

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Cut them some mercy. Apple should be more flexible when dealing with these kids!

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@conel

Please tell me you don't work for a postal delivery company, those packages marked "FRAGILE" and "DO NOT BEND" are not challenges!

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Re: @conel

"Please tell me you don't work for a postal delivery company, those packages marked "FRAGILE" and "DO NOT BEND" are not challenges!"

looks like your packages are safe with him as long as you don't label them 'INDESTRUCTIBLE', and 'WILL NOT BEND'.

It's the denial of warpage and frangibility that inspires testing, not the admission.

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@conel

and the kids were told, in response to a specific question on the subject, that the phones couldn't be bent... So

either:

the kids were merely gaming the assertion of the sales clerk in response to that question.

or:

the kids were actively misinterpreting the interdiction of bending the phones issued by the sales clerk wise to the threat posed by the kids.

HTH/FTFY

Anyway: As ye reap, so shall ye sow

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buses can't be jumped under

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They can. Just don't do it when they are moving.

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iBoomerang

Behold the mighty bent iPhone 6 Plus, swooping in from smoking hot pockets to an Apple store near you.

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Pint

Re: iBoomerang

"Hot Pockets..."

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Nobody mentioned fire. Are iphones fireproof? The people need to know.

"expensive thin item can be broken if force applied" - who knew?

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I hear a rumour

that commentards are bullet-proof. I'm looking for test subjects

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Re: I hear a rumour

We should ask Eadon about that.

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Re: I hear a rumour

I kinda miss that guy.

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Re: I hear a rumour

If he came back, the MS shills here wouldn't.

(Not with the right ammunition, anyway.)

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Not just the MS shills.

All the normal people would be groaning as well

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Re: I hear a rumour

"I kinda miss that guy."

Well, if you live in any metropolitan area, you can probably find someone like him on some random street corner, orating to a (usually) invisible audience.

Not many of them seem to rail against Microsoft in particular, though, I'll give you that.

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Conflicted

Whilst not approving of vandalism, if the Apple employee did say that the iPhone could **NOT** be bent then it seems only right and proper that potential customers could validate that claim before making a purchase.

Sounds like just the sort of thing Trading Standards should be doing to protect vulnerable consumers from the over mighty fruity behemoth.

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Of course, telling this to teenagers is like waving a red rag in front of a bull…

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Trading Standards would be bound to do so in a legal way

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Wrote :- "if the Apple employee did say that the iPhone could **NOT** be bent then it seems only right and proper that potential customers could validate that claim"

I was recently buying a bed with built-in drawers inder it. Such drawers have been getting weaker and weaker over the years (bottoms used to be plywood, then hardboard, now cardboard, paper next?), so I asked the salesman how stong the drawers were.

He said you could stand in them. I was almost tempted to step in, but intead I invited him to step in himself. You never saw a smile vanish so fast from a salesman's face. He didn't, and I didn't buy the bed.

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When I buy a waterproof gadget, the first thing I do is dunk test it. When a salesdroid came into work touting rugged tablets, I drop tested it right in front of him to a delightful squeak.

...now, iphones don't claim to be rugged, but they do claim to be phones, and we know how people handle phones. Vewwy woughly. If Apple want to launch the "dress phone", as pretty and delicate as a dress watch, they're welcome, but if it's a regular phone it oughta survive regular phone abuse.

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Pint

Re: Conflicted

Spot on. But the kids should have handed the phone to the fanboi and told him to prove that it wasn't breakable.

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Re: Conflicted

told him to prove that it wasn't breakable.

Logic fail. You can't prove a negative.

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The employee could always claim that he meant, "you may not bend the phone" as opposed to "the phone is impossible to bend". It all makes me wonder if Apple stores will now need to display signs saying, "Please do not bend the phones".

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Or like a dominos delivery driver turning up to a gym saying this pizza can't be eaten.

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Thin, mostly metal objects are bendy.

Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

I suspect if we thawed out "Ugg" from his ten thousand year slumber he would understand this concept.

This is only a design flaw if the bending or snapping takes place through general expected day to day use; e.g. in your pocket. This still beats it exploding and blowing your cock off though, so progress!

And before the anti apple brigade get all upset, I've never before purchased an apple device for myself (iPads for presents) and don't intend to start now.

It's pretty safe to say that 100% of tablets and phablets will bend or snap, given a little pressure. And perhaps 70% of smart phones, depending on the size and shape.

They'll be saying the screens smash when you drop them from a 23rd story window next. .

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"I suspect if we thawed out "Ugg" from his ten thousand year slumber he would understand this concept."

"Hmm, well yes it's nice and shiny, fits the hand well, and I do like those glowing mystical runes appearing on it's surface, but I really can't see it being sharp enough to get the skin off an antelope.

[Produces rock] Now this is a new iKnife with the double-edged scraper as well as the hammer at the blunt end. The obsidian flakes and bits of sapphire are sharp enough to sever a finger.

But only if you're holding it wrong..."

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>> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

Brings back memories of shatterproof rulers at school - mostly in 2 pieces.

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Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

How the hell were they never sued for those rulers? They were no more shatter proof than the cheap chinese rulers you'd get at Poundland.

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Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

Yes they were. When you broke them, did they break in two, or into a thousand pieces with bits flying everywhere?

Just the two you say? Indeed. Shatterproof.

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Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

Look - you can touch the ends together!

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Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

>>They were no more shatter proof than the cheap chinese rulers you'd get at Poundland

Actually, I think they were better than the cheap ones, but putting "Shatterproof" meant every kid smashing them as hard as they could against things, it took about a year, but they changed the word to "Shatter Resistant" (same font) - true story.

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"Hmm, well yes it's nice and shiny, fits the hand well, and I do like those glowing mystical runes appearing on it's surface, but I really can't see it being sharp enough to get the skin off an antelope.

Plus it'll never replace the iHenge. The latest models can caluculate the phases of the moon within minutes, and you need to sacrifice fewer than 5 virgins nowadays. Which is good, what with virgins getting harder and harder to get hold of, now that the youth of today have started this cave-wall networking.

...I dunno in my day we didn't have all this stuff you were happy with a flint and a stick and there was none of this modern rubbish moving bloody great stones around the place and ruining perfectly nice cave walls and where are all the trees I ask you and you don't get sabre toothed tigers like you used to these modern ones take minutes to eat your children rather than gulping them down in one guy and you can't get the druids any more...

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Windows

Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

We discovered that you could shatter shatterproof rulers at about -24ºc with enough sudden force applied with a blunt metal object or a concrete floor and a 50 ft drop. Safety goggles were an after thought but we all survived. :)

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Let's take a moment to recognize the crowning glory of material science: Corning Corelle dishes. These laminate glass wonders are as close to indestructible as anything you'll throw or drop (of course the rare failure is catastrophic and spectacular). I wish more stuff were made out of it.

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i said "dont press the red button"

well guess what? my son pressed it.

Similarly, saying it "can't" be bend will only provoke people into trying to bend it.

The statement alone is a challenge in itself, and having some boneheads rising to the occasion is not a real big shocker is it? (i'm just glad it wasn't my son)

Actually, Apple got around to admitting it can be bend ("7 rare cases discovered") but the Apple employee in the store can not tell to anyone that they "can't be bend" or that its "just a rumour" because both obviously are false statements.

Now, if they manage to find a stash of vibranium, who knows what they will come up with..

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Re: i said "dont press the red button"

The Apple employee's alleged statement won't be admissible in these kids' defence

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"The Apple employee's alleged statement won't be admissible in these kids' defence"

depends is it on the vid as well?

or are they going to get him to testifie?

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Not adults but kids can bend it

There is analysis elsewhere that suggests there is a weak spot in the body of the 6 Plus around the volume rocker. I suspect the battery does not provide a lot of structural rigidity in that spot. But kids can't be that strong? And this is a criminal offence, I am sure.

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While Apple aren't the most PR savvy company on earth, (Antennae-gate etc) I really cant see them pressing charges and making this an even bigger story than it already is.

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this

This has less to do with the build quality of the iPhone 6 and more to do with the parents that brought up those 2 benders.

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WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

are you telling me......that.........Norwich has an apple store.......

Mind blown!

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Re: WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, but it also sells other fresh fruit and veg :-P

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and cider

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-21443973

Mind blown.......again!!!!

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Yes, it's hard to spot because the front is obscured by all the Big Issue sellers in the town centre.

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"Norwich has an apple store......."

Yarp, and it's managed by my sister and my wife...

Here she is now!

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