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  • iPhone 4 Survives 13,500 Foot Fall - Much To The Surprise Of The Owner


    We've all heard stories of people dropping and shattering their iDevices - whether it's on the ground, in the toilet, on the table, etc. Occurrences of this nature come as no surprise to iDevice users as you're always bound to know someone who has. But do many people know of or have seen an iPhone 4 that has survived a deathly fall? That would be impressive to say the least.

    CNN reports that a skydiver's recent dive could have been the end to his iPhone 4 - but surprisingly enough, it overcame "great heights." Jarrod McKinney, a 37 year old from Minnesota, submitted a report to iReport of CNN saying that his iPhone 4 survived a drop of 13,500 ft. after he accidentally dropped it. His unzipped pocket of his skydiving gear was a mistake that would send his iPhone 4 diving to the earth - with no parachute. Expecting to never find it again, McKinney was surprised that he was able to track his device using a GPS application. McKinney found his device sitting on a two-story building near where he landed with his parachute shortly after. Just as a joke, he decided to try to call someone from his shattered phone - and it worked! Even though the phone's screen was entirely shattered, he had no problem using cellular data service for phone calls and the like.

    One might be surprised that this feat could be accomplished. Mike Gikas of Consumer Reports, a company that specializes in testing products (especially in durability) stated that something of this nature could happen. His only comment on the possibility was:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gikas;
    I think water is harder to deal with than shock.
    The iPhone did however have minimal protection - an Incipio iPhone case. When the phone was found, the case was completely broken but still connected to the phone. Although the screen is totally busted, McKinney does plan on replacing the screen and will continue to use his iPhone 4 for more years to come (unless his next "phone diving" mistake is above 13,500 ft.).

    Source(s): CNN
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Survives 13,500 Foot Fall - Much To The Surprise Of The Owner started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. ihappy's Avatar
      ihappy -
      Someone call Guiness now. Hurry
    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      Wow
    1. AWright's Avatar
      AWright -
      I wouldn't say that "survived".
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      It would definitely have reached terminally velocity at some point within 13,500 feet. So any height above that wouldn't be any different.
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by frozenra1n View Post
      It would definitely have reached terminally velocity at some point within 13,500 feet. So any height above that wouldn't be any different.
      This is most likely true.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      That phone hit the earth's surface with (it's been far too long since I took physics) .137 kg * 9.8 (m/s^2)* 4,114.8 m = 5.524 kJ of kinetic energy and it's still functioning?

      DANG. That's roughly equivalent to a 100 kg man (~220 lbs) sitting on the phone at 38.5 MPH from about a foot above the chair. I can vouch from personal experience that doesn't end too well usually. Quite impressive the thing lived.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      It's not how fast it was going, it's how quickly it stopped
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      It's not how fast it was going, it's how quickly it stopped
      That's a constant -- BOOM!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Since when?
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
      That phone hit the earth's surface with (it's been far too long since I took physics) .137 kg * 9.8 (m/s^2)* 4,114.8 m = 5.524 kJ of kinetic energy and it's still functioning?
      This is a useless and meaningless calculation since as another commenter noted, the iPhone reached its terminal velocity long before it hit.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Since when?
      Objects in motion tend to stay in motion... except when they collide elastically with an object with zero momentum. Then they kinda stop. (We really should stop now, lol).
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      lol
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      lmao, i dont know if i would believe this...Just cuz someone said it happened does not always mean that it did. Funny comments tho. There really is no way to prove this tho unless we call the Mythbusters!!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      To any of you that doubt the structural integrity of the iphone 4: consider that unless it landed on something pointy or sharp that pierced the screen and destroyed the components inside, it is still an aluminum unibody device so it is very likely that it could survive an impact like that. i'd be curious though why some of the chips didn't come off the motherboard(probably because everything is so tightly packed that they can't go anywhere) or why the lcd didn't delaminate and damage the touch sensor.

      either way i hope this is real as it is impressive and definitely something that apple has over android devices that just seem pretty flimsy.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      There really is no way to prove this tho unless we call the Mythbusters!!
      Totally on it.

      https://twitter.com/#!/orbyorb/status/93191217579438081

      (I'm sorry, Josh, for continually derailing your news thread...)
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      should of got at otter box. lol
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Lots of these happen almost all the time. If you're really that worried, there is this case out there that can let your ipad survive an 8 foot bowling ball
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Just for survive, that iPhone deserve a free repair service...
    1. dizvietkid's Avatar
      dizvietkid -
      A flip phone can do better
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Just for survive, that iPhone deserve a free repair service...
      +1 lol