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Apple iPhone 4 falls 13,500 feet; lives to take and make calls

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Apple iPhone 4 falls 13,500 feet; lives to take and make calls
When Jarrod McKinney's 2 year old accidentally knocked his Apple iPhone 4 off a bathroom shelf, the screen cracked. When the same device slipped out of McKinney's pocket while he was skydiving 13,500 feet above earth, he figured that since he was well above the height of the the bathroom shelf, his iPhone was history.

The phone was found on top of a building a good half-mile away from where he safely landed with his parachute. McKinney used a GPS tracking app to find the phone. Watching from the ground as McKinney claimed his wounded device on the roof was instructor Joe Johnson who thought it might be funny to try to attempt calling the iPhone. And to everyone's surprise, the phone started vibrating in McKinney's hand.

Consumer Reports tech editor Mike Gikas joked that McKinney had solved the attenagate problem (aka the left-handed death grip), that plagued the phone when it was first launched, by dropping it from a plane. Gikas added that a cell phone can survive a major fall but water damage is more likely to be fatal to a handset.

McKinney plans on getting the phone's damaged screen repaired. While it still makes and takes calls, the shattered touchscreen means he must use a Bluetooth connection to make a call. Skydiving instructor Johnson was so impressed with the durability of the Apple iPhone 4, he plans on getting one himself. He says it's nice to know that if  he crashes with the iPhone on him, the GPS could still lead rescuers to his location.

As for why the skydiving McKinney would be leaving his iPhone in his pocket while jumping from a plane, it seems that many jumpers do this and use the camera on the phone to record video of a jump. Some also use it to call to get picked up if their landing is off track.

This still doesn't answer the question of why McKinney's Apple iPhone 4 can survive a drop from 13,500 feet and others find their device totally worthless after a short drop on a carpet.

source: CNNiReport via AppleInsider

This Apple iPhone 4 fell 13,500 feet and still makes and takes phone calls

This Apple iPhone 4 fell 13,500 feet and still makes and takes phone calls


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posted on 18 Jul 2011, 22:56 15

1. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Alright I usually keep my mouth shut about stupid articles being posted on here but come on! I feel like this is the 4th time I've seen pretty much the same article. This is ridiculous I dont care about an iPhone falling and still working.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:00 8

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Don't be jealous now ;)

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:00 6

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Goes to show you that Apple cares about building quality products unlike the numerous faulty, poorly done Android devices going around.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 01:05 4

11. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Some Android devices may be poorly built, but not all are. HTC phones have very good build quality.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:11

35. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LOL!!!! HTC phones have good build quality? LOL!!! yeah right, go tell the Evo owners that who're suffering burned charging ports on their phones.

At least they aren't like Motorola phones which are locked down.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 04:53

16. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


When was the last time you dropped an android phone from 1/2 meter and it smashed into pieces.

$100 for a new back, I think they deliberately made them from glass to get even more money their overpriced handset.

And no i'm not a hater, I own an iphone, just hate being ripped of by ridiculous costs, when the phone is already the price of a decent laptop

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 07:34 1

21. AlbinoSheep (unregistered)


HAHAHAHAHA price of a decent laptop? you MUST be talking about the unactivated price but i very much doubt you didnt go on contract. even the unactivated price isnt what i would compare a decent laptop to.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 07:34

20. fatexo (Posts: 82; Member since: 21 May 2010)


well i guess you forgot the case where a battery of Desire HD saved a man from a fired bullet

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 09:03 2

24. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


HTC Incredible, nice try though ;)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 08:08

22. eyehavenobrain (unregistered)


Building quality phones? ahahahahah
Can't put a price on education.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:09

4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


What? should we applaud or feel bad that phone arena gets paid to do this?

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:09 3

5. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I won't be surprised if I read an article tomorrow of an android phone falling from the sky, lol. They seem to copy everything about the iPhone. Even news articles about the iPhone.

God forbid, but it's nice to know that I have the iPhone and that's it's a durable phone that can survive a crash, that way I can be located.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 00:41 7

9. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


android went to space first I bet apple is gonna copy that

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 03:05 3

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Surviving a car crash where there's outside concussive force is quote a different thing than a 6 oz phone falling by itself at terminal velocity onto grass or something. So is dropping it from five feet onto a semi hard floor.

Anyway, you won't actually hear an article like this about Android anytime soon, because Android users generally aren't big enough retards to take their smartphones skydiving, or even put them in a safe inside pocket that they won't fall out of. :)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 07:07 3

19. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Lol, ive gone skydiving with my GalaxyS. But its in a zippered pocket that doesnt easily open. Only an iTard would leave it so easily accessable. This is however like the 3rd or 4th story like this so either PA is just showing its normal pro apple stance, or there is a lot of iTards that dont know how to keep the phone on them.

BTW, just about any phone will survive a long drop. If the screen survives is a different story, but 9/10 will still be able to ring and prove to be functional. Its not that big of a deal.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:23 1

30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Looks like we found a retard

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:49 2

31. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Nope, sorry. He's smart enough to keep his phone in a zippered pocket.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:09

34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Nope, Android users are too busy whining and crying because iOS outsells their precious devices 10:1 day in/out. It's amazing how much hypocrisy is shown here. Had this been an article about an Android device, which would never happen because most android devices are poorly built, you guys would be swarming this article talking about oh you agree and all of that lol.

Too bad Apple knows how to build their phones right.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 00:15

37. jacko (unregistered)


outselling android i guess u didn't go to school read back storys about android outselling ijunk

only a knob would buy a phone that apple wants you to have and a s**t one at that and bring out 1 or 2 new things every year coz steve headjob knows that isheep will buy it

he can crap in a bag and call it magical and isheep would buy it

with android i like buying a phone i want

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 09:27

38. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea,, cuz 2 pieces of glass is the most sturdy thing ever.. lol.

miz your an idiot. you must be related to taco, but i cant figure out who's dumber.

iOS is being outsold 2 to 1 by Android.

Had this been an android article, i'd still be laughing at the idiot.

I can tell you for a fact my galaxyS survived being thrown on to tile without getting a scratch... Try that with your iphone. Take pictures of the result.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 09:17 2

25. you're all special (unregistered)


First off in order for something like this to make the news, something spectacular and unusual needs to happen such as an iPhone falling 13.5k feet or an HTC battery stopping a bullet. If you were to do this over and over in a real testing environment this would only probably happen one out of 10,000 times. In fact I encourage you to try it for yourself, try jumping out of a plane with an iphone at 13,000 feet (preferably with no parachute) or put an HTC in your shirt pocket and let someone fire a gun at you. I'll sit back here and collect the stats to see who truly make a better quality phone. :)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 00:37

8. Apple (unregistered)


It probably killed a few birds and a bear on the way down...

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 09:21 2

26. @apple (unregistered)


New plot for Angry birds perhaps...

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 00:46

10. NiGhT DeViL (unregistered)


Haahahahhaha very funny...:D

try again..!

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 01:06 2

12. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


does anyone actually care

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 01:25

13. busa03 (unregistered)


Bull s**t. If that were to really fall off 13,500 feet it would have much more than a broken screen. Bull shiiters

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 04:55 1

17. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


It probably landed on a trampoline in someone's back garden. And still smashed into 1000 pieces.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 03:08 4

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And that would be Corning's Gorilla Glass, an invention from way before Apple was even born, and used in Android phones all the time. :)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 10:03 2

27. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont tell that to taco or gemini.. lol.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 05:20

18. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


yes you can make calls.... but just holding the phone... im sure it will induce you wound. throw that especially its an iphone

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 08:52 1

23. Watzphone (unregistered)


i don't believe that, this is a joke.
once the LCD has broken you can't view the UI anymore, mean nothing to displayed how u can still makes calls ? unless this iphone4 got hardware keypad :) :0 .

i think iphone sales is getting slow & slow now and iphone5 delay some more, samsung GS2 selling like hot cake, Apple use this kind of advertisement to push the sales up.

think twice : Why the skydiver drop phone, and NOT key, not pen, lighter or etc...
: Why drop iphone and NOT nokia, HTC , sony or etc ...
: Why is iPHONE4, NOT 3GS or 2G
Why ... ? Becauce this is an advertising of iPhone4
very smart Apple

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:08 1

28. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


this is so dumb phone arena do u guyz all ways post these dumb azz apple post we know where your heart is at

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:08

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6363; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


How can you say the Iphone 4 can survive 13,500 FT? This is stupid. LOOK AT IT. IT'S SHATTERED the glass is BROKEN sure the speak may work BUT LOOK AT THE SCREEN IDIOTS. Don't know what's wrong with people they only say cause the Iphone 4 have a tougher unibody than other phones please.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:11

32. RIMpireStrikesBack (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)


It was still able to "barely" make calls and then immediately drop them just as it had before he dropped it out of the sky.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:45

33. iPoop (unregistered)


i think this solved the antenna gate problem

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 22:46

36. Johnny8 (unregistered)


Why the f*ck does our government continue to fund Apple in producing such worthless pieces of sh*t.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 16:38

39. Shaneman (unregistered)


Can't we just agree that different people like different types of phones?

Androids do pretty cool things.

Iphones do pretty cool things.

Hooray! Everyone wins, and nobody gets angry!

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 01:59

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