When any new technology release rolls around, there are generally two kinds of people. The first are the true believers who will rush out and buy it the first moment it is on sale, whether it is a phone, tablet or console. The second camp is (generally) larger, and adopts a more measured approach.
They use the first group as a large focus group, and allow them to find any kinks and bugs in the system. Technology blogs, news outlets and word of mouth then spread, and the second group will then make a more informed decision.
When it comes to any product launched by Apple, these two groups become even more defined. The true believers worldwide queue for literally hours outside Apple stores to get their fix of every new release.
For every true believer and hard-core Apple fan (pun intended) there seems to be another who is opposed to the company and its products. Invariably, the heightened level of media attention afforded to Apple product launches means that any minor flaws or glitches result in worldwide coverage, fuelled by Twitter and Facebook.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were no exception, so after a decent length of time on the market, we are now in a position to have another look at the controversies and sort the fact from the fiction.
Under the vision of Steve Jobs, Apple re-imagined how we would use our phones. And in addition, he was responsible for directing the development of an entirely new category: the tablet computer that came to be defined by the iPad.
Because he had two incredible category-leading products, he was understandably wedded to protecting both of their market positions. It was for this reason that Apple never developed a truly large screen phone under Jobs, who believed customers preferred their phone handsets small.
But the proliferation of apps and their usefulness, coupled with super fast wireless internet speeds meant that customers who wanted to harness the full power of their phones demanded larger phone screens.
Samsung filled this gap in the market, and was responsible for the evolution of the phone/tablet hybrid, labelled the “phablet”.
Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple moved to challenge Samsung’s dominance in this segment with the launch of the slightly larger iPhone 6 and much larger iPhone 6 Plus. However, Apple also stayed committed to a lean, thin and lightweight final product.
And this spelled trouble for some users. The final phone was just over a quarter of an inch in thickness and made from aluminium and delicate LCD glass panels. Some users found that phones placed in the front pocket of jeans would bend with the repetitive movement of walking. This had the effect of cracked screens and warped batteries.
Users who stowed their phones in back pockets and sat on them found the same thing.
Apple responded to the controversy within a few weeks of the release, saying that of the millions of handsets sold, there had only been a handful of reported complaints. And despite this, many users still claim the iPhone 6 Plus is the best phablet on the market today.
This was somewhat sillier than the bending issue, with some users reportedly having issues with the tiny gap in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus casing trapping their hair and pulling it out.
The hashtag “hairgate” quickly caught on via social media, and came hot on the heels of reports of bending phones. However, technology writers the world over quickly debunked this particular story, simply by actively trying to get their (or their colleagues) hair caught.
It was found to be close to impossible.
Once again, this was a fairly niche issue, and possibly the one which generated the least attention as the buzz of the initial launch faded. Users of the gold edition found that the white trim that framed the top portion of the back of the phone did not stay white.
The theory was that the dye from jeans and other pants was leeching onto the white plastic, and some users reported that the blue tinge could not be removed. The jury is still out on whether this is true or not, and the problem is uncommon.
It’s also easy to avoid, either by using a case or choosing a different coloured iPhone.
While apparently all publicity is good publicity, Apple and its iPhone range seem to generate more than their fair share each time they release a new product. The issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seem to be largely trivial, and the handsets are undoubtedly a worthy addition to the iPhone stable. Tele2 are proud suppliers of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and our happy customers are testament to the quality and longevity of Apple’s flagship iPhones. If you have any further questions or would like to upgrade to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, please contact us by clicking here.