Drop test shows iPhone 6s is tough, but not unbreakable

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The glass on this iPhone 6s Plus cracked when it was dropped on its face.
The glass on this iPhone 6s Plus cracked when it was dropped on its face.
Photo: PhoneBuff

“Stronger glass on a molecular level,” blah, blah, blah. Drop your Apple iPhone 6s and the screen can still crack.

David Rahimi, host of the PhoneBuff channel on YouTube, flew to Australia to get his hands on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus before the rest of the world to put both phones through a drop test. Like the take away from any drop demonstration, the video showed the importance of purchasing a durable, protective case.

Despite face-front drops cracking both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the screens still worked and Rahimi said he believed the aluminum body and glass on the latest models are stronger and held up better than the tests he ran on the first generation iPhone 6 last year.

When Apple announced the new iPhone 6s on Sept. 9, executives boasted about new features like a 12-megapixel camera, Live Photos and 3D Touch. But it also touted a tougher aerospace-industry-grade aluminum and the “strongest, most durable glass on any smartphone.”

Rahimi dropped each phone three times. The phones survived falls on the backs and sides with no cracks to the screens. It wasn’t until he dropped each phone on their face did the glass crack.

Each phone was dropped three times, so there is no way to say whether stress from the previous two drops affected the integrity of the glass.

It should also be noted the test sponsored by a company with an interested in busted screens. iCracked, a smart device repair service where technicians come to you to fix your phone, especially cracked screens, on the spot. The video promoted an offer for iCracked’s advantage protection plan.