There’s no denying that the new iPhone 12 is a thing of beauty – all four versions. But how durable is the glass screen and glass back? Can they withstand the dreaded fall? One particular test was to find out what would happen with a drop iPhone 12.
iPhone 12 with flat edges and glass screen
Many of us have been in this unenviable position of dropping our phones and then picking them up and seeing broken screens or having features that no longer work. That’s why a lot of us, right off the bat, order a case and screen protector.
All four of the iPhone 12 series phones feature a metal frame with flat edges rather than the curved edge that Apple’s signature phone has been using since the iPhone 6. The glass is just as flat. The idea is that it will improve the durability of the phone to hopefully withstand drops. And, let’s be honest, it’s Apple, so there’s definitely an aesthetic appeal to it.
All of this goes hand in hand with what the iPhone is known for – not only its great looks, but also its durability. They are known to take more damage than competing phones.
But this phone is glass. How can glass be sustainable? The answer for the front lies in the crystals that are embedded in the glass that sits above the screen, what is known as the “ceramic shield”. Apple promises “four times better fall performance”.
IPhone 12 drop test
With the iPhone 12 now available, several outlets are testing it. While this is certainly an interesting test, I’m still out of breath seeing a beautiful new phone repeatedly drop until it breaks.
But that’s what happened in this iphone 12 drop test. The two phones tested – iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro – have been discontinued several times. They’ve been pushed to a level above average drops in the search for major damage.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are very similar. Looking at the outside, the Pro has a more metallic appearance and has the additional lidar camera. Plus, it’s just a little heavier. While the iPhone 12 has an aluminum frame, the iPhone 12 Pro has a stainless steel frame.
Most phones fall from waist or head height. It makes sense when you think about how you use your phone. So in this test the phones were dropped from these heights as well as 10 feet. In addition, they have been deposited on the edge, in the front and in the back at each level.
The front with the ceramic shield never broke on either of the two cameras until they were dropped from 10 feet. The aluminum frame has been tarnished by the drop to waist height, unlike the stainless steel. But the Pro’s screen suffered head-up pixel damage, while the iPhone 12 suffered camera damage.
The iPhone 12 had frame damage due to waist height and the camera at head height. The back cracked from 10ft, but the ceramic shield never did. The iPhone 12 Pro never suffered any frame damage, but suffered head-up pixel damage, a 10-foot cracked back, and finally ceramic shield damage. Still, both phones still worked, apart from the camera on the little phone.
While impressive, it’s worth noting that this test doesn’t mean that’s how they’ll all behave. Still, he has shown that this new ceramic shield on the iPhone 12’s displays allows them to withstand a drop from several heights.
If you really want to be impressed, read on to learn more about the iPhone 6 that survived a crash. He filmed a video on the way down and only suffered a faulty microphone.
Image Credit: Apple Newsroom
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