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The iPhone 4 is indestructible. There, I said it. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but if one can survive a 1000-foot drop from an aircraft without a parachute, then it certainly takes the notion of rugged to a whole new level. US Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker, who works as a skydiving Jump Master, told website …

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Grenade

Eh?

It sustained a 1000-foot fall as he was jumping out of the plane? That's a bit low isn't it?

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He's the jump master

He doesn't jump - he "encourages" the grunts to jump. Perfectly good aeroplane anyway, so why jump out of it? ;-)

He happened to look out and down and the phone fell out of his pocket as they were passing 1000ft altitude.

Tim

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Coat

Maybe they need another bumper for it

After all this is the worst case of Apple call dropping we've seen so far.

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That was dreadful

I think my colleagues heard the groan from 2 corridors away.

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Happy

Neat

But does it not come with an iParachute (tm)

I suddenly have a vision of people selling little backpacks with parachutes for phones.

LET'S PATENT THAT!!!!!

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Black Helicopters

Prototype's easy enough

Just get an old Action Man parachute, and strap that on.

Oh, wait. They never slowed Action Man down much.

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Go

RE: Prototype's easy enough

Agreed, my Action Man's missing leg was proof positive of that.

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Jobs Halo

Give me 4ft and I'll total it

Having seen what my local gyms locker rooms do to pretty much anything (including the face of a watch rated at 100m depth) I'd hazard a guess that the tile floor there would kill it (or at least knacker the screen).

That being said kudos for the survival, now who wants to take it to 10,000 ft and throw it out?

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Length isn't necessarily everything

1000ft or 10,000ft shouldn't really make a difference - I guess it would reach terminal velocity within a few hundred feet anywayz.

The only thing that might have relevance in the height comparison is air temperature, but I guess the case would limit any risk of rapid temperature changes/thermal shock in an aircraft-ground drop test.

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FAIL

Should try dropping it a few feet onto a hard surface

Then it's "harder than plastic" screens will be shattered and smashed to buggery.

Pretty much any phone will survive a 1000 foot drop through pine trees onto nice, soft, earth. Only an iPhone 4 is more or less guaranteed to shatter so easily when dropped just a few feet onto a firmer, and more typical, surface.

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Anonymous Coward

@A?C

Yes and I have personal anecdotal evidence that says my iPhone 4 screen is harder/stronger than my iPhone 2 screen, and my friend's 3GS.

Isn't it good when you talk shit.

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Anonymous Coward

Harder != stronger

Not the OP but I have personal anecdotal evidence that the glass on the iPhone 2G is harder than on the iPhone 4. I have carried both in my pocket in the same way, with keys, loose change, etc. I carried my iPhone 2G for two years and you literally can't see a SINGLE scratch on the screen regardless of light angle etc. After only a few days of carrying my iPhone 4 the same way, its glass was **covered** with thin little scratches that are visible even in dim light as long as you're looking at the right angle. You can't see them when the screen is on so I don't really care but it is a disappointment.

But of course harder is not the same as stronger. Harder often means more brittle and LESS strong. In other words, a screen that is more scratch-resistant is probably more prone to cracking if dropped. I have to assume Apple changed the glass for this reason, they are willing to accept some scratches if it means less broken glass.

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Pint

RE: Harder != stronger

Disclaimer: I'm no fan of Apple, but...

Sounds like scratches to the surface coating (anti-reflective/oleophobic?) rather than scratches on the glass itself.

Keeping any phone is the same storage vessel (bag/pocket/whatever) as coins and keys is straight up retarded.

Beer: because I'm grumpy when I'm hungover.

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Seems stronger

I had a couple of iPhone 3Gs and they all scratched fairly quickly - minor scratches though. I've had my iPhone 4 for the last 9 months and it's not scratched on either side. So from that I guess it's stronger!

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Jobs Halo

Well it IS ....

The Jesus Phone isn't it.

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Happy

He

was lucky, that's all. :)

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Paris Hilton

Only 1000 feet

el Reg has done better...

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Fluke

Fluke, pure and simple. There, I said it :P

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PARIS 2

I think we've just decided the payload for PARIS 2...

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Anonymous Coward

Eggs

I have seen it claimed that a reasonable proportion of ordinary hens' eggs will survive being thrown out of an aeroplane, even when falling onto grass. However, I'm not sure whether to believe it. Does anyone have any reliable data on the subject?

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Grenade

throwing eggs from the plane

the trick is to throw the eggs out of the plane while they are still in the hen :)

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Joke

'Well I thought turkeys could fly' WKRP president

Well when the hen is tossed from the plane and see the ground far below, eggs and other items would probably come out rather quickly.

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Unhappy

wish they'd enable it for the 3GS

You can only track a 3GS if you have a 4 or an iPad.

I can see no reason for this whatsoever.

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Are you sure?

I'm 99% certain that I successfully tested find my iPhone on my 3GS as soon as I subscribed to MobileMe.

Can't retest it as I have just upgraded.

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oh, I need one of those?

Don't forget this one from WW2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Alkemade

Those pine trees are damned handy!

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Dead Vulture

Stop reporting fiction as news

I grow tired of The Register trying to pass off transparent lies about Apple products as fact. This example is particularly egregious: an iPhone owner's shiny toy fell out of his pocket and out of the aeroplane, and we're meant to believe he didn't jump out after it?

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As has been said, this isn't particularly surprising.

The strength to mass ratio of most phones is pretty high, especially when there is no battery cover to come loose, which tends to be the result of dropping "normal" phones. The destruction, if any, is usually due to the hardness and lack of "give" of the surface the phone lands on -- meaning the phone has to absorb the full force and not the ground -- or is due to the phone being thrown in some way.

In this case the phone would have achieved terminal velocity fairly quickly and soft ground would have absorbed the impact not the phone -- it is also possible that weight distribution means that iPhones fall with a large surface area down which would increase its survival chances greatly.

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Alert

I dropped my iPhone from headheight

I dropped my previous iPhone, a 3G, from headheight. I had it craddled between shoulder and ear on a call while trying to get stuff out of a car at the same time. Phone did a suicide jump onto tarmac.

I think it landed facedown. Amazingly no scratches to the glass , only a bit around the silver bits.

Thing is still functioning and handed it down to my wife.

Now, what would frigten me is getting the thing anywhere near water.....

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The iPhone 4 is indestructible.

Yes, but will it blend?

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Joke

What's the difference between an iPhone and...

What's the difference between an iPhone and a Foxconn employee?

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Re: What's the difference...

The Foxconn employee can make an actual phone call before he hits the ground?

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Happy

I beg your pardon? "Only"?

........."was protected only by a Griffin Motif TPU case and an aftermarket metal backing"?

Are you quite sure that it was not also equipped with its own "Kevlar tactical vest with optional shoulder, collar & groin protection" plus parachute (available at your local Apple Store now!) - just that you forgot to mention it?

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Probly..

He was holding it wrong.

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Coat

They obviously had purchased the parachute app

Mine's packed in the backpack, where the chute was supposed to be.

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1000 foot drop

ok then if it can survive a 1000 foot drop from the sky lets see if it can survive fire or perhaps getten squashed buy a big truck or maybe stick it on a railway line and see if it survives a big train haha. makes no difference to me i still wouldnt buy one lol

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