Cook, in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews, was responding to widespread hysteria that Apple's latest 5.5-inch iPhone bends when crammed into a back pants pocket or a skinny jeans pocket.
|Photo: Martin Hajek/TYDN|
Analysts said it was the second time the Cupertino-based technology concern acknowledged a user-error problem with one of its flagship devices.
Dubbed by the blogosphere as "bend-gate" and "Bendghazi," the buzz harkens to 2010, during another Apple hysteria scare called "antenna-gate" with the iPhone 4.
Cook's predecessor, Steve Jobs, at the time said the alleged reception problems with the then-best-selling gadget could be alleviated if users "speak slower, clearer and louder."
"People just need to learn to use the device in a certain way, to speak slower, clearer and louder," Jobs told TheYellowDailyNews in a 2010 exclusive interview. "The phone's users are its only design flaw."
Cook, following Jobs' footsteps, recommended a hack of sorts for iPhone 6 Plus users who must keep their new phones in the pocket.
|Umpire models new iPhone 6 Plus carrying pockets. Photo: Corey Templeton/TYDN|
Cook's move is right out of the Steve Jobs playbook. Jobs, during "antenna-gate," told iPhone 4 users that if they were unable to use the phone "correctly," they could purchase a $25, 1-inch-long black strip of electrical tape to cover the lower left corner of the device to assist its reception.
Apple sold 10 million new iPhones last weekend when they debuted.
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