iPhone falls from plane, still works after year in Icelandic wilderness


view before iPhone 6s Plus falls
The view before the fall.
Screenshot: Haukur Snorrason/The Next Web

As critics gush over the iPhone 11 Pro’s durability during drop tests, Siri on a remarkably resilient iPhone 6s Plus could say, “Hold my beer.”

Photographer Haukur Snorrason recently learned that hikers found his iPhone 6s Plus, which fell from an airplane over Iceland more than a year ago. The phone miraculously survived. The hikers charged the device and contacted Snorrason.

The iPhone’s camera recorded the 200-foot fall. You can watch video of the phone’s free fall at The Next Web, which interviewed Snorrason.

iPhone survives Icelandic free fall

The accident happened as Snorrason shot a flood on Aug. 4, 2018. Just after he switched to his iPhone, a gust of wind pulled the device from his hands. It tumbled toward rushing waters sweeping over a rocky area.

Snorrason thought the phone was gone for good.

“Then on September 14, 2019, a couple of Icelandic people were walking in the area and saw the phone just lying there,” Snorrason told The Next Web. “They contacted the land owners and realized it was my iPhone when they connected it to the computer and it said, ‘Haukur’s iPhone.'”

A patch of moss made for a cushy spot to land. The iPhone landed screen-down. Snorrason thinks its case helped protect the phone from Iceland’s weather extremes.

He said most everything about the found phone still works, aside from calls. The person on the other end can’t hear him, Snorrason said.


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