This week's sponsor

Textastic

The Code Editor for Your iPad and iPhone


Actually, the iPhone 4 Glass Can Break

The iPhone 4 glass is the result of years of engineering and Apple told us that it’s way better than the previous iPhone’s glass. It’s more robust, and they even proved on video that bending it doesn’t break it. But what about a sudden impact?

The guys over at iPhone repair site iFix Your i did a little experiment with their iPhone 4 units (which have real Apple components except for the motherboard) and tried to drop an iPhone 4 on the floor. Here’s what happened:

“On the new iPhone, the glass basically sits on top of the aluminum frame. On the old iphone, it was recessed and protected by a chrome bezel.

We have a full iPhone 4(minus the circuit board), here at our shop and decided to do a little drop test. This drop was performed from 3.5 ft up. Mind you that these parts ARE original apple parts. Laser etched and all. The iPhone 4 did survive 2 drops, as expected, but on the 3rd drop there was a loud POP, and yet again, shattered glass.”

Will it break? Will it break? Will it drop? I love these experiments.

Unlock MacStories Extras

Club MacStories offers exclusive access to extra MacStories content, delivered every week; it’s also a way to support us directly.

Club MacStories will help you discover the best apps for your devices and get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’ll also give you access to advanced iOS shortcuts, tips and tricks, and lots more.

Starting at $5/month, with an annual option available.

Join the Club.

A Club MacStories membership includes:

  • MacStories Weekly newsletter, delivered every week on Friday with app collections, tips, iOS workflows, and more;
  • MacStories Unplugged podcast, published monthly with discussions on what we’re working on and more;
  • Monthly Log newsletter, delivered once every month with behind-the-scenes stories, app notes, personal journals, and more;
  • Access to occasional giveaways, discounts, and free downloads.