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Apple Inc broke its silence on complaints about bending iPhones, hours after withdrawing a glitch-ridden software update as the company struggles to restore momentum to the rollout of its latest phones.
"With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an email.
Apple shares closed down nearly 4 percent at $97.87 on Thursday, wiping out nearly $23 billion (14.1 billion pounds) in market value.
The new phones face criticism over their bendability David Silva Jersey , dubbed "bendgate." Social media and online forums have been abuzz with comments about how the new phones can bend when placed in back pockets or while wearing skinny jeans.
Apple said its iPhones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high-stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry.
The only way an iPhone may have bent is if someone put it in their back pocket and sat on the phone for a very long time, said Laban Roomes, chief executive officer of Goldgenie, which customises and gold plates iPhones.
Apple was also forced to withdraw a faulty update to its latest operating system after some users of its new phones complained of call service disruptions.
Apple released a new software update late on Thursday to fix the problems, which it said affected fewer than 40,000 devices.
"I do believe this speaks to execution issues at Apple," said JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. "At the end of the day I believe this too shall pass Danilo Jersey , but we are noting with concern that the miscues pile up."
Apple said on Monday it had shipped 10 million units of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Users of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also complained about the inability to use the fingerprint-reading Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1.
Some users had complained of "sluggish Wi-Fi and dwindling battery life" after moving to iOS 8, Time magazine reported earlier this week. (http:ti.me1pqlCPt)
On Thursday, Apple issued a step-by-step guide for users to reinstall iOS 8, launched last week, through the latest version of iTunes. The health app will not work for now and will be fixed in the next software update, the company said.
Customers might, however Daniel Grimshaw Jersey , hope for replacements for their bent iPhones, depending on whether their devices passed an inspection, tech news website the Next Web reported, quoting an Apple support executive. (http:tnw.co1rlv7mW)
"It's not game over for Apple, but nor should we give them a pass on this," Gauna said.
Cases of bent iPhones 5 and 5s had been reported in 2013 by Cult of Mac, a website that exclusively covers Apple. (http:bit.ly1sjZbOT)
Rival smartphone makers took digs at Apple's problems.
A Samsung Electronics Co Ltd advertisement showcased a bending phone against its own product Claudio Bravo Jersey , while BlackBerry Ltd CEO John Chen said: "I would challenge you guys to bend our Passport."
Nestle SA's Kit-Kat chocolate wafer brand tweeted "We don't bend, we break."
KIEV, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank (WB) on Thursday revised its forecast for Ukraine's economic performance this year, expecting its gross domestic product (GDP) to decline by 8 percent.
The downward revision, from the 5 percent fall projected in June, was attributed to the impact of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are clashing with independence-seeking insurgents.
"The conflict in the east is mainly responsible for these lower forecasts as it has disrupted economic activity Brahim Diaz Jersey , made collection of taxes difficult, adversely affected exports, and hurt investors' confidence," the bank said in a report.
Among other negative factors affecting the country's economy, the WB listed risks in the banking sector, weak domestic consumption, rising expenditure pressure Blank Jersey , heavy external debt and limited access to external financing.
According to the WB outlook, the nation's economy is predicted to contract 1.0 percent in 2015, compared with a previously estimated 2.5-percent growth.
The bank emphasized the need for Ukraine to solve the crisis in the eastern regions, implement economic reforms, improve governance and toughen the fight against corruption.
Ukraine's GDP went down 3 percent in the first half of this year from a year ago and is expected to shrink 6.5 percent for the whole year.
Microsoft Corp on Wednesday announced a strategic cooperation agreement with several Chinese Internet companies to popularize its next-generation operating system with hundreds of millions of Windows users in the market.
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Lenovo Group, the world's largest PC maker, also inked a tie-up with Microsoft to roll out the new operating system in China.
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