#BendGate – Should Our Technology Be Flexible?

bendy laptop

To much hoo-ha and fanfare, the iPhone 6 was unleashed upon the world. And for a time the worldwide coverage was something Apple was proud of – until, that is, the advent of #BendGate

Unless you are residing under a rock you will no doubt be aware that, without this being an intentional feature of the iPhone 6, it is very easy to bend – and if your phone bends it is quite probable that it will break. Having been part of the queue through the shopping centre and out into the road, and having parted with your hard earned cash, you’re not going to be too pleased with your bent, and broken phone.

Should Our Technology be Flexible?

There has been talk for a long time about how sensible it would be to make all mobile phones flexible; after all, most of have at some point put our phones in our back pockets regardless of whether this is a good thing to do (we’re talking security as well as breakages here). But what about other IT components? Do we need to look at how engineers, technicians and inventors can make the technology of the future human proof?

The iPhone 6 bends due to a “design flaw”. Or does it bend because of “human misuse”? As a company we have fixed phones of all types, we have replaced tablet screens, we have rebuilt laptops, screens and chassis, all because they were dropped, or had been sat on, or had something spilt on them. This is not to say that technology doesn’t go wrong in other ways, but maybe it is time that the viral publicity given to a flexible piece of technology is because it is a good thing.

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