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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. TimBub's Avatar
      TimBub -
      lol good thing it didnt hit anyone
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      iSuperman
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
      Totally on it.

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

      (I'm sorry, Josh, for continually derailing your news thread...)
      No, this is entertaining to say the least; keep up the banter. That's what makes this community alive!
    1. jwalkd9's Avatar
      jwalkd9 -
      that's awesome
    1. The_13th_Plague's Avatar
      The_13th_Plague -
      Apple already thought of this scenario and will introduce the solution with the onset of ios5......landing gear!
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      lol, and the cost to repair it? let me guess? a cost of a new iphone, to me from that picture it did not survived its barley usable... i mean would you use your iphone like that? that is definitely broken
    1. clanealane's Avatar
      clanealane -
      Man, if that were to of hit someone, probably a either way there's most likely a chunk taken out of that building at least to some degree.

      I mean take your iPhone 4 now and throw it at something it'll do some damage!!!
    1. SRPrentice's Avatar
      SRPrentice -
      Now if someone would try this with an Otterbox... I'm curious of the results.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      When they say "survived", they mean it didn't shatter apart into a thousand pieces like some electronic devices would have if dropped from that height. Theoretically you could buy new glass and repair the phone, although I'd still be a bit wary of the condition of internal parts like the gyroscope and accelerometer.
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Hey mom! What is that? A bird? A plane? No thats just an iphone?!?!? ::

      What wouldve been funny but unfortunate was if the iphone actually hit someone or broke an arm or something! While People r signing their cast, theyd be like "yea i broke my arm getting hit by a falling iphone"
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by dizvietkid View Post
      A flip phone can do better
      Possibly, but a flip phone Isn't the remarkably engineered handheld computer that can do everything besides maybe make your breakfast and isn't made out of glass like the iPhone. I could definitely see it surviving landing on grass, but the top of a building? Dang! Truly remarkable.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      It won't make my breakfast but it can tell me how to make it.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I see these and just don't get it. *knock on wood* I have dropped my iPhone4 multiple times and it has been flawless. I threw a simple plastic shell case on it that came free for the antennagate issue and it has been golden.

      My 3G I broke every month for the most simple things.
    1. ZeRo-cOoL's Avatar
      ZeRo-cOoL -
      Ohhh shoot! I heard that Apple is now applying for a drop-phone patent.. is this ever happen again apple will sue him and ban him from skydiving in the US.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
      Totally on it.

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

      (I'm sorry, Josh, for continually derailing your news thread...)
      HAHA awesome
    1. FrankyMcGee's Avatar
      FrankyMcGee -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihappy View Post
      Someone call Guiness now. Hurry
      lol i second that
    1. Motor City Fats's Avatar
      Motor City Fats -
      That is cool... so the damage is the same from terminal velocity and 5 foot... kind of looks like apple wants you to replace the front and back at any distance...
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Or until apple releases the next generation... :P
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Motor City Fats View Post
      That is cool... so the damage is the same from terminal velocity and 5 foot... kind of looks like apple wants you to replace the front and back at any distance...
      Maybe you should umm... NOT DROP YOUR PHONE!!! Or, put a cheap case on it. The iPhone was not meant to be dropped onto concrete. Must be a design flaw...
    1. Vartra's Avatar
      Vartra -
      Quote Originally Posted by cookbenj View Post
      lol, and the cost to repair it? let me guess? a cost of a new iphone, to me from that picture it did not survived its barley usable... i mean would you use your iphone like that? that is definitely broken
      $20 if you buy the parts on ebay and do it yourself, if as it appears its just the screen and back cover damaged.