AppleiOS 8iPhone 6iPhone 6 PlusTechnology Previous ArticleOrange set to appeal French network sharing rulingNext ArticleTeliaSonera takes further hit on Eurasia Tim Ferguson HomeDevicesNews Apple extends iPhone 6 availability, plays down bending issue AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 SEP 2014 Author Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Devices Related Apple faces 5G modem wait Tags Google taps retail with NYC store KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Apple hit back at criticism it received over reports the iPhone 6 Plus model can be misshapen if kept in users’ pockets, as it rolled the new devices out to 22 additional markets.In a statement, reported by several publications, Apple said that the warping issue was “extremely rare,” with only nine customers having complained about bending their iPhone 6 Plus.The tech giant also noted that the enclosure of the iPhone 6 models is constructed with a special anodised aluminium tempered for extra strength. It added that rigorous tests are performed throughout the development cycle, including three-point bending, sit, torsion and user studies.“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use,” the statement added. The company urged consumers to get in touch if they experience problems.iPhone 6 devices are now available in Apple Stores and retail outlets, as well as online, in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.China, however, is notable by its continued absence, although reports have suggested the new Apple smartphones are in the final stages of approval for sale in what is an increasingly critical market.The initial launch on 19 September encompassed nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. The company aims to get the new iPhones to 115 countries by the end of the year.The company claimed to have sold a record 10 million units of its iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus sibling over the first weekend of availability (but didn’t break out the numbers per model).In related news, Apple started to roll out its iOS 8.0.2 update after an initial refresh caused issues with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices connecting to mobile networks and the TouchID fingerprint recognition technology.iOS 8.0.1 was rolled out earlier this week as the company sought to address a glitch with third party apps connecting to its Health app via the HealthKit API.However, it was pulled after the problems emerged, with Apple apologising for “the great inconvenience experienced by users”. The company claimed that less than 40,000 people were affected by the bugs in iOS 8.0.1.
Regardless of the “how”, the intrepid mallard, who is named after Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, has already made a home for himself in a small puddle by the airport. Locals visit him every day to bring him peas, corn, rice, and sometimes a former New Zealand commissioner comes by to feed him bok choy. Tourists even stop by to take pictures with the feathery celebrity.RELATED: Endangered Parrots Won’t Stop Messing With Traffic Cones So the Cheeky Birds Have Been Given Their Own Roadside GymsFelicity Bollen, the chief executive officer of Niue Tourism, told the ABCs Pacific Beat: “We pride ourselves on being a funny, quirky little island and he fits with the quirkiness, so he’s a perfect fit from a marketing perspective for our country.”Even the local fire department is involved in welcoming their new neighbor; they’re in charge of refilling his puddle when it gets low.Bollen went on to tell The Guardian that interest in Trevor stems from the lack of land animals and birds in Niue. “We have whales and dolphins, we have a lot of things in the water, but not land animals… so for a duck to be wandering around the island, that’s why it’s so interesting.”WATCH: Mesmerizing Video of 10,000 Snow Geese Taking Flight Will Soothe Your SoulThe island residents are debating the merit of getting a companion duck for Trevor so he doesn’t get lonely – but for now, Niue is more than happy to provide all the food and love that a community could provide a wandering fowl.If you want to find out more about Trevor the duck, you can check out his official Facebook page.If This Story Floats Your Boat, Be Sure And Share With Your Friends – Photo by Trevor the Duck FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and splashes around like a duck? Well, for residents on the small island of Niue, the answer to that question is a duck – but they may not have been able to answer that before last month.A recent settler to the island, Trevor the duck has been causing a stir in the local community; because Niue has never had a duck before.No one knows how he could have gotten there, either. Theories range from him flying all the way from New Zealand to stowing away aboard a luxury yacht!