After the iCloud storage image leaks, tech giant Apple is once again in the middle of controversy and this time for its smartphone’s flexibility or bendability , popularly dubbed as ” bendgate” on the social networking forums.
There are various ways that ‘Bendgate’ and a glitch-ridden software update i.e. iOS 8 bugs could affect the California-based company financially. The rising concerns among iPhone consumers can lead them putting off buying an Apple smartphone or opting for an iPhone 6 Vs a 6 Plus and even returning a bent iPhone and going for another one, besides redesigning the iPhone or higher warranty costs.
But analysts feel despite the iOS 8 bugs and the bendgate, Apple could generate strong iPhone 6 sales in the coming days.
Breaking the record of iPhone 5 and 5C devices, Apple’s new entrants-iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices- crossed over 10 million-sales mark in their first weekend in ten countries. The Cupertino-based company on Friday expanded the reach of the new bigger iPhones by making them available in 20 more nations, including Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.
Hoping for better future prospects of the new iPhones , Tim Bajarin of advisory services firm Creative Strategies Inc. said, “We expect Apple to sell a record amount of smartphones and have astronomical profits in the fourth quarter. These two little blips will have no effect on that.”
Apple received huge criticism from the customers on Wednesday when the firm posted an iOS 8.0.1 update that led to the disruption of cellular connections on both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.
Apple was forced to pull out the glitch-ridden update in around an hour after it was posted. The update problem left fewer than 40,000 handsets affected.
The next day Apple posted a new version, iOS 8.0.2, in order to fix the bug.
“We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1,” the company said in a statement.
Another problem that invited fresh troubles for the company was sticking of iPhone 6 Plus in the pocket resulting in the bending out of the device’s shape.
Amid the string of troubles, the analysts’ expectations and market watchers’ comments came as a big respite for the company. Dismissing notion of hurting sales, many stock analysts said that buying Apple stock will be a good idea for the investors.
Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald posted a note under the title: “Concerns with Bending your iPhone 6 Plus with Everyday Use; Let’s Get Real!.”
Writing for a post, Cantor analyst Brian White said, “Described in the media as ‘bendgate,’ we believe the concern around an average person bending an iPhone 6 Plus with typical everyday use is irrational.”
There are also websites reporting that their tests show it takes a pressure of 70 to 80 pounds in order to break the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Not bad as there were more scary reports which claim that new iPhone 6 material is very delicate.
Meanwhile, the Apple stock gained hugely on Friday as it closed at USD 100.75 per share, up USD 2.88.