Models show off the iPhone 5 as the new smartphone is launched in Macau. (Photo/Xinhua)
Internet users in China have been posting online photos of iPhone 5 handsets that have become bent out of shape because they were sat on by their users. Apple's authorized sellers have not been similarly flexible, however, saying that a bent iPhone 5 is not subject to full reimbursement and that users have to pay to repair them.
The Modern Express, an offshoot of the state-run news agency Xinhua, reported late December that a photo of a bent iPhone recently went viral on the internet in China, reportedly taken by a netizen going by the name "keith512" on weiphone.com, a mobile phone discussion forum.
Other users who bent their new iPhones by sitting on them also posted their photos on the forum.
Forum users said Apple products are not as good as they used to be before the death of former co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs last year.
It has been reported that Apple sold over 2 million iPhone 5 handsets in the first three days after it was launched in China this month. But the Modern Express quoted unconfirmed sources that orders for the smartphone have been cut from 40-45 million units in the first quarter of next year to 35-40 million.
Modern Express 現代快報