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Tech News of the Week: Apple Mishaps and Huge Smartphones

Sophie Hardbattle By Sophie Hardbattle

It has not been a good week for Apple at all, with iOS 8.0.1 being a complete dud, the odd bendy iPhone knocking about and a huge drop in the stock market.

We also look at Blackberry's and Google's attempt at the phablet.

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iOS 8.0.1

On Wednesday Apple released iOS 8.0.1 to fix the botched iOS 8 update and then a few hours later recalled it. They received a number of complaints from people who's iPhone 6 or 6 Plus no longer had cellular connections or Touch ID.

Another update was released (iOS 8.0.2) to try and fix the problems 8.0.1 caused and the original problems with iOS 8. An apology was released in a statement yesterday night:

"OS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1."

#BendGate

Just like a bad-news-cherry on top of a topsy-turvy week; along came #BendGate. More unlucky iPhone 6 Plus owners took to twitter to grumble about an unforeseen feature in their new phone; it was bending when put in their back pocket. Apple have recently broke their silence to say that only nine people have complained about their phone bending. As you can imagine, it didn't take long for some other big companies to join the bad wagon and have a little tease:

Apple #Bendgate Coca-cola mocks Apple #Bendgate Kit-Kat mocks Apple #Bendgate

The combination of #BendGate and the flop of iOS 8.0.1 led to a very bad week in the stock market for Apple, with close to a 4% drop. This is the biggest decline in the stock market since July.

Android Google are to release their very own phablet; the Nexus 6. The screen size of this mammoth phone, will be larger than previously expected, at 5.92 inches. In comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus screen is only (ONLY!?) 5.5 inches. Let's hope it's made out of sturdier stuff though, we don't want #BendGateMark2.

Blackberry Google aren't the only ones taking a shot at the over-sized phone, Blackberry are giving it a go too, with the Blackberry Passport.

It is named the 'Passport' because of the size and shape. The phone does seem quite large, but that may be because of the square-like shape, the screen is only 4.5 Inches after all.

Blackberry CEO, John Chen, announced the phone at a launch event in Toronto and described their demographic as 'the 30 percent of smartphone users who choose their devices based on the productivity benefits they have to offer'.

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