A brief history of iPhonegates

Earlier today, MacRumors reported that "a small but growing number" of iPhone 6 Plus owners are reporting bent iPhones, apparently a result of carrying the devices in pockets. This issue has been dubbed bendgate or the clever Bendghazi. Of course bendgate isn't the first of the iPhonegates. In 2008, there was the iPhone 3G crackgate. Not to be outdone, the iPhone 3GS introduced us to discolorationgate in 2009.

However, those were simply warm-ups for the biggest iPhonegate to date - the great iPhone 4 antennagate of 2010. In fact, antennagate is the only iPhonegate to make it on Wikipedia's list of scandals with "-gate" suffix. David Chartier even launched Don't Hold It Wrong which is a collection of user manuals from other manufacturers (surprise) that warn against covering antenna areas with your hands. I, for one, was happy about antennagate. Without it, we would never have been given a glimpse into Apple's supercool antenna design and test labs.

Moving on, in 2011 there was the iPhone 4S yellowgate. Boring.

2012 was another significant year for iPhonegates, giving us both iPhone 5 scratchgate and flaregate. I particularly liked flaregate. It introduced millions to the age-old concept of lens flare. Plus, you can use lens flare to take neat photos.

Metal bends, plastic cracks, light refracts, and objects block radio waves. Collectively, these iPhonegates have been like a mini lesson in physics.