This Skydiving iPhone 4 Survived A 13,5000 Foot Freefall

This Skydiving iPhone 4 Survived A 13,5000 Foot Freefall

Want ultimate protection for your iPhone when you are hurling yourself out of airplanes? Get an Incipio case, which helped the unlucky iPhone 4 pictured above survive a two mile free fall, albeit not without some war wounds.

CNN reports that an unlucky skydiver accidentally had his iPhone 4 slip out of his pocket during a dive. It fell 13,500 feet to smash into the hard surface of a roof somewhere a mile or so downwind of where its owner parachuted to earth.

When the skydiver got to the ground, he ended up trying to locate his iPhone. To his surprise, he was able to track it down, and found that while the enclosure and touchscreen were broken, and the Incipio case was destroyed, he was still able to make and receive phone calls.

Heck of an advertisement for Incipio, eh?

[via OS X Daily

  • rocketpark

    how many of these articles must there be?

  • Matt Ralston

    Define “survived”.

  • brnmbrns

    I would say the fact that it was able to still make and receive calls…since it is a phone…would define “survived.”

  • Ben Woodward

    Is it supposed to be 135,000 or 13,500? I’m guessing it’s the latter. Sloppy proof-reading.

  • Scott Welch

    13,5000? Someone needs to change that to 13,500

  • ErinsDad

    SkyDiverMan’s opening line at the Genius Bar – “I was just pressing the home button, and the whole screen just shattered.  Is that covered under AppleCare?”

  • SpongebobUK

    Guess that’ll be 13,500 – anyone at 135000 would have just left the ISS!

  • SSD

    A 135,000 foot fall?  I wasn’t aware that the SR-71 was still flying, and that pilots were throwing iPhones out of the cockpit at Mach 3.5+.

  • Adrian Berr

    If he had a Otter Box then the phone would have “survived” all the way.

  • Billy Harford

    Um.. If it fell 2000ft or 13,500ft it’s the same. The iPhone doesn’t travel faster than its own terminal velocity if it’s dropped from a little bit higher…

  • Meike Krug

    I think this comment is the funniest part of the story! Very clever!!!!

  • Ronald Stepp

    “How long after you pressed it did it shatter, Sir?”  “Oh, at 0 feet or so.”

  • Volksvegan

    Dropped call.  No big deal…

  • Azahari Aziz

    My Iphone4 survived the fall at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok last June 2011 while i was on the escalator of the 2nd floor all the way down to the ground floor….it was still working…thanks to the Iphone cover tat i got at apple store…m Aza from KL 

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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