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BlackBerry CEO mocks iPhone 6 bending issues

Luke Johnson


Bent iPhone 6

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has used the company’s BlackBerry Passport launch event to mock Apple over the recently reported iPhone 6 bending concerns.

With a number of early iPhone 6 Plus adopters claiming their new phones have suffered bending issues while carried in their jeans pockets, Chen used his time on stage to poke fun at the company’s more illustrious rivals.

Although not mentioning the iPhone 6 by name, Chen referenced a new phone with bending concerns.

Laying in to Apple’s latest phone line, which shifted a staggering 10 million units in just three days, Chen stated “I challenge you to try bend our Passport.

The Passport is BlackBerry’s latest smartphone. The unusual phone features a 4.5-inch square display alongside a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Although we have suffered no issues with our iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus units to date, a number of owners around the world have complained of bending woes.

Posting on Apple forums, one new iPhone owner – writing under the user handle ‘hanzoh’ stated: “Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left front pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing.

“I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly. As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhone slightly distorted.”

Backing up complaints, a number of iPhone 6 owners have posted images of their misshapen phones.

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Prem Desai

September 24, 2014, 2:25 pm

I don't think the CEO of BB should be so smug.

He needs to be aware, that even with the bending issue, this 1 model will outsell all BB models put together - such is the fierce loyalty of Apple customers.

I wish BB luck - their new passport model looks promising ....


September 24, 2014, 4:05 pm

He should know that was the hidden feature Tim Cook talked about!

Matt Cooper

September 24, 2014, 5:23 pm

Apple has sold 500 Million, BlackBerry about 200 Million. We get it.

BlackBerry needs to do what it can, why not poke fun at something thst people covet so highly. The iPhone isn't perfect and yet it is treated as perfection.

BlackBerry is getting back to basics, to the market that they are best at and that's enterprise and business. They used to be the phone every consumer wanted because the business elite had the best device for e-mail, calling etc.

Even these days I know people who lament that their BB was better for typing, e-mail and phone calls but they love itunes and all of the apps on the iPhone.

People are willing to give up better call quality, better battery life, better e-mail functionality (copy and paste, remember?!) and security for apps and their itunes.

Since chen took over the company's stock has risen almost 70%, they will have their quarterly report on Friday and I hope we see signs of promising recovery.


September 24, 2014, 6:42 pm

So, a $1000 phone bends in your pocket just by sitting?!
I'd love to hear how apple will put the blame back on it's customers...

I also love how Blackberry is on the offensive instead of always playing nice (like in the past).

The Passport is a much better phone with a battery that lasts 30+ hours and costs far less than the "new" iphone.


September 24, 2014, 9:03 pm

If we are talking about BB, you better get ready to hear profit warnings!


September 24, 2014, 9:17 pm

Never mind the bending of the iPhone. Why would a dude go to a wedding?

Prem Desai

September 25, 2014, 6:46 am

I'm not rubbing it in. Merely stating that BB has its own issues and should spend time sorting these out rather than mocking others (Apple or otherwise).

You cannot blame people - they will but what they want to buy.

I understand your statement about battery life, call quality, etc but the flexibility of apps make it worthwhile.

It's like choosing the best quality wheelchair for 24hrs a day or legs for only 4hrs a day

Michael Dunn

September 25, 2014, 5:20 pm

Only according to *this* article it was "in my left front pocket of my suit pants".

Michael Dunn

September 25, 2014, 5:25 pm

So battery life and less cost makes for a "better phone"?

Andy Race

September 26, 2014, 7:36 am

No it doesn't it looks bloody hideous

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