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Soldier's life saved by his Apple iPhone 5s; Apple waits three months to reward this hero

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Soldier's life saved by his Apple iPhone 5s; Apple waits three months to reward this hero
The Apple iPhone 5s has a lot of cool features including a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. But nowhere will you find any documentation stating that the phone is supposed to be equipped with lifesaving armor. Surely the iPhone is not tested to see if it can withstand the blast from a suicide bomber. Yet, that is exactly what happened in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank was staring at a teenage suicide bomber who set off an explosion just feet away from Frank. The impact of the ball bearings and the shrapnel from the bomb should have killed the soldier, except that a miracle took place that day. Frank's Apple iPhone 5s absorbed some of the blast with its metal body able to absorb part of the impact, and deflect some of the shrapnel. If he had been sporting a plastic phone that day, Frank's body might have been riddled with holes. As it was, Frank was wounded by the attack.

Yes, the soldier's iPhone took one for the home team. It is broken beyond repair and not much is left of it. Apple gave him a choice of keeping the old hero, or getting a brand new iPhone 5s. He chose to keep the old busted unit as a memento. Now, the soldier is still in Afghanistan, fighting for the U.S., without a phone. His family back home in Utah is trying to get him a new one.

At first, Apple was silent about the whole matter. Donations were made to get Frank a new iPhone. But before the money could be used to purchase a new unit, Apple finally gave this hero what he deserved, a brand new Apple iPhone 5s. Which would have been a patriotic thing to do had the replacement been sent when the incident first took place three months ago. Now, it seems like a small hollow gesture on Apple's part, done only once the spotlight from the television news stations shone on the Cupertino based tech giant.
 
Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank (R) has his life saved by his Apple iPhone 5s

Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank (R) has his life saved by his Apple iPhone 5s


source: KSL, NYPost

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:45 1

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 6037; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Now I see the connection. Lol!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 03:50 1

28. zhiae (unregistered)


bull sh**
bullet went through phone how the hell it saved him.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:01 3

34. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They didn't mention anything about bullet. It was a piece of the bomb that the phone helped to absorb some of the force. If he had a HTC One, it would have stopped it :P

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:50 8

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This is the difference between Steve and Tim. Steve would have personally presented a replacement iP5S the moment he heard about the iPhone taking one for the team (camera crew in tow of course).

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:56 4

4. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


yea, steve would have gone to him and personally handed him a new iphone and maybe had a cup of coffee but tim, he only gave him an iphone because it would be bad publicity if he didnt, smdh

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:17 16

16. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 890; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'm sure Steve would have also given him a handy and sang him to sleep every night. Then single handedly ended the war and revived Bin Laden just so he could personally shoot him.

Jobs was a great business man. That's it. Stop worshiping him for what he wasn't.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 03:15 3

27. alumoyo (Posts: 364; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


THANK YOU - Somebody with A BRAIN for once!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:06

36. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


+1 to you sir BRAVO

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:54 25

3. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't it likely that he was saved by the battery rather than the metal body of the iPhone. I recall you guys posting an article about an Evo 4G (along with other similar articles) doing the same thing because of the battery.

....don't feed the metal vs plastic feud!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:58 5

5. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


ya it was probably the battery but also the shape of a ball bearing is more spherical and is more easily stopped by just metal sheets than an armour peircing round which wouldve made quick work of any phone, not just an iphone

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:56 4

21. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well truth be told if he had an HTC one he might have saved himself and his buddy from shrapnel (you know the one who died but wasn't mentioned because he didn't have an iPhone on him) because it would have covered more space. Glad to see Alan pushing the bounds on Apple endorsement instead of basic human decency.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:51

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 22145; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Maybe it didn't say it, cuz it didn't happen...hater.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:49

11. Sauce (unregistered)


If you look (doesn't require that much brain power for you I hope), there is an attempted exit hole. What is being said, is if that was plastic, there would be an attempt, and it would succeed at going through. The aluminum helped stop. Regardless, the battery was fhuked, if it did go through that part.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:08

37. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


So you're a specialist in ballistics now too in addition to an iFan?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:53

45. Sauce (unregistered)


Just a specialist in common sense. Something people should look into.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:00

12. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


Yeah the old article was about the EVO 3D and both times it was the batteries that stopped it.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 21:06 6

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


It was the dullness of the shrapnel and the harder battery shell which saved him. The aluminum is quite soft on the phone and is easily pierceable

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:04

33. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Actually, I'd go further than that. The iPhone's tiny and thin battery almost cost the soldier his life. If he had a phone with a thicker battery, it could easily have stopped the shrapnel in it's entirety.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 21:17 4

7. stealthd (unregistered)


So soldiers die in bombings, no one cares. One soldiers survives, saved by his iphone blocking some shrapnel (pure luck), and a ton of people are offering to buy him a new one and Apple is apparently the devil for not offering a new one on the spot. People are so weird. . .

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 21:21 13

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I honestly don't know why people care about the phone. It's just a phone and the same situation could have played out for better or worse with any mobile device shielding the blow. It's like you said, it was pure coincidental luck.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:19 4

17. Jurdiales (Posts: 133; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Honestly I don't know why there are U.S. soldiers are still in Afghanisthan...

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 02:19

26. Odiin (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


+1 well said, completely agree.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:32

35. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


stealthd: do you have a reading impairment or something?

The article stated Apple gave the soldier a choice of a new phone, and the soldier declined a new phone.

Please LEARN TO READ like the rest of us and stop making sh*t up.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:18 2

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"Frank's Apple iPhone 5s absorbed some of the blast with its metal body able to absorb part of the impact, and deflect some of the shrapnel. If he had been sporting a plastic phone that day, Frank's body might have been riddled with holes," everyone knows what this means. We can all try to twist this into saying "any" phone could have done this but metal phones pack a punch.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:00

13. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yeah "plastic phones" :D being a little sarcastic are we Alan? :P

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:28

10. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


First of all out didn't absorb anything beyond one piece. It's funny though what if it was a Samsung and the reverse happened. Glad he's alive but f**k you Apple seriously not giving him a new iPhone. The Hell is their problem handing over his phone that clearly took a small part in him staying alive. My opinion stands, Apple sucks

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 22:09

49. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Apple will give him a new iPhone. So don't say that Apple will not give him. Hater -_-

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:25

14. Lauticol (Posts: 347; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Nokia should give him one of those Lumia, pretty much sure it can defend more than an iPhone!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:45 1

15. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


If you dont want to die, get out if Afghanistan and support your families. SIMPLE

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:22 3

18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 890; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


A soldier goes where he's told. He's supporting his family by doing his job. Your comment was very SIMPLE MINDED.

It's Congress and the president that need to take the hint and pull our troops out so they don't die.

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