During a recent armed robbery, however, iPhones demonstrated another use: saving a Fresno State student from a potentially life-altering shooting by stopping a bullet in its tracks.
On Monday, a criminal slipped through the gates of Fresno State’s Campus Edge Apartments and followed a male student home. The thief — wearing a ski-mask — then took the backpack of the student at gunpoint and shot him in the leg. However, the bullet was blocked by the victim’s iPhone.
“I looked at his jeans and [they were] torn open,” said Faris Alotaibi, the victim’s roommate. “He showed me the phone, the bullet was very clear; [it] destroyed it and broke it into pieces.”
While the thief made off with a notebook, the situation could surely have been much, much worse — although it certainly raises security concerns about Fresno State’s student housing.
This isn’t the first time an iPhone has stopped a bullet as efficiently as it blocks malware. In February 2012, a bullet fired through a car windshield stopped short of reaching a would-be victim’s heart after it buried itself in his iPhone.
In another instance earlier this year, an iPhone 5c saved the life of its 25-year old owner when a 19-year-old teenager brutally attacked them with a double-barrel shotgun. Although the victim suffered severe abdominal injuries, investigating police officers noted that the victim would have “undoubtedly died” had he not been carrying his iPhone in his pocket.
How’s that for AppleCare?