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The new iPhone 6 #Hairgate storm

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FRANKFURT – First there was bendgate… now brace yourself for hairgate.

Fresh from the online uproar over whether the shiny new iPhone 6 bends when carried around in pockets, Apple has been hit by a new complaint – that the handset traps users’ hair or beards when they make calls.

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It is difficult to gauge whether there is any real issue, but Twitter users have made #hairgate a rising social media trend, leading major news outlets to pounce on the story.

“The seam on my iPhone 6 where the aluminum meets the glass is definitely catching my hair and pulling it out,” one user tweeted.

Bearded iPhone users have jumped on the bandwagon complaining that their facial hair gets yanked during calls, leading to spats over whether to treat #beardgate as a separate trend, or simply as a subset of #hairgate.

Apple was not immediately available to comment.

Jokers are having a field day, with the Twitter account of the Atlanta International Fashion Week speculating that it may be an elaborate plot against hipsters for whom facial hair has become de rigeur. Another user tweeted: “Congrats, Apple, for finally getting hipsters to shave.”

For some it is a heaven-sent marketing opportunity; Gillette Co. was quick to tweet: “Your phone may be smarter than ever, but leave the shaving to the experts.”

However, many iPhone 6 users were left to wonder what all the fuss was about.

“I have iPhone 6. Doesn’t bend and doesn’t snag hair. Who thinks up these things? Apple haters? Competitors?” tweeted Dr. John Wooten, a Virginia-based technical consultant.


By Eric Auchard, Reuters


  1. A not-so-interesting news for iPhone 6.

  2. another reason I do not want an iPhone, I will stick with my android smartphone

  3. I think its hilarious that always with any new release of an iphone there are these little complaints….everyone I know who has the new iPhone 6 loves it and has said the next iPhone that comes out they will be among the first to own that one too. So clearly it doesn’t scare away its customers.

  4. Let’s hope this is the end of ‘Gate’ hashtag. I wonder what else we’re going to have from iPhone 6 after this. LOL!

  5. Is this a real issue?

  6. After reading this, the more curious I get if what they say is true so I want to borrow an iPhone and see for myself.

  7. Haha, what will be the next “gate?”

  8. I really want an iPhone 6. My cell doesn’t even have the internet

  9. This is funny…but at the same time I think that this can be said for any phone!

  10. Nice Iphone 6 useful !!

  11. Katherine Riley

    It sounds like Apple may need to rethink some of it’s marketing plans.

  12. Pretty hairy news for the bearded and long-haired among us.

  13. hahaha ok this is funny So love what Gillette Co. said ….Maybe they can advertise look and its not just a phone you can shave with it as well lol

  14. That could be really bad with so many men growing beards in November!

  15. This is so funny! I don’t know how true it is, but I won’t buy one until I know for sure!

  16. So strange, hilarious that Gillette jumped right on it though.

  17. I generally like Apple. I just think they move to quickly to produce the next generation when I still like 3. Sorry for all those who’s having issues with their hairs.

  18. I am not Iphone user…

  19. Maybe Samsung could steal this feature too?

  20. I hadn’t heard this was an issue. My husband just got this phone and has a beard and hasn’t had any of the problems mentioned here.

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