Soldier's life saved by his Apple iPhone 5s; Apple waits three months to reward this hero
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
source: KSL, NYPost
28. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
bullet went through phone how the hell it saved him.
34. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1214; 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
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; 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).
4. apple4never (Posts: 932; 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
16. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; 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.
27. alumoyo (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
THANK YOU - Somebody with A BRAIN for once!
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!
5. apple4never (Posts: 932; 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
21. Finalflash (Posts: 1587; 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.
42. darkkjedii (Posts: 10522; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Maybe it didn't say it, cuz it didn't happen...hater.
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.
37. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
So you're a specialist in ballistics now too in addition to an iFan?
45. Sauce (unregistered)
Just a specialist in common sense. Something people should look into.
12. phones522 (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
Yeah the old article was about the EVO 3D and both times it was the batteries that stopped it.
6. JMartin22 (Posts: 759; 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
33. NexusPhan (Posts: 414; 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.
7. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
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. . .
8. JMartin22 (Posts: 759; 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.
17. Jurdiales (Posts: 112; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Honestly I don't know why there are U.S. soldiers are still in Afghanisthan...
35. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; 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.
9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; 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.
13. timukh (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
yeah "plastic phones" :D being a little sarcastic are we Alan? :P
10. zachattack (Posts: 543; 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
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 -_-
14. Lauticol (Posts: 184; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Nokia should give him one of those Lumia, pretty much sure it can defend more than an iPhone!
15. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
If you dont want to die, get out if Afghanistan and support your families. SIMPLE
18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; 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.
23. steedsofwar (Posts: 258; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Soldiers have minds of their own. Md Ali refused to kill people in Vietnam and was shown prison for that. Unless you think German soldiers killing Jews were 'just taking orders'. Pathetic. Stop deflecting responsibility. The individual who kills people AND his state are answerable.
31. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
That's a bit off topic from techdudes original argument but i'll bite.
While I agree with you to a certain extent that; yes a soldier and state are responsible for their actions but they are also responsible for their inaction. A soldier that refuses to do his job faces penalties. This has always been the case.
In the case of Md Ali he knew what his actions would bring. A soldier that refuses to fight faces penalties. This is the price of enlistment and citizenship in the case of a draft. That has always been the case throughout human history. He got off lucky because in older times he would been put in the front line and faced with kill or be killed and desertion would also be a death penalty by their own soldiers.
Sadly there were German soldiers opposed to the war that did that to preserve their own lives. It still goes on all around us for example, the child soldiers in Africa. It's the sad world we live in but regardless we make our decisions and have to live with them and die by them.
Now I ask you a question in return since your so in favor of defection. Would your opinion of defection and responsibility change if it was an American, British, Russian, or allied soldier fighting the Nazis that refused to fight? Would you call them cowardly then?
It's not defecting responsibility. Its about accepting it. If you don't want to fight don't enlist. If you enlisted then you have greater responsibilities and harsher penalties.
20. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm not surprised this is an Alan article. Don't ban me again for pointing that out, though. Any relatively solid device could have protected as well as the phone mentioned, since aluminum used in iDevices isn't much greater than aluminum foil used for food.
22. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm curious why he even had an iDevice on him, as I believe only Blackberries and particular Android builds are the only modern mobile OSes acceptable for front-line deployments
29. Commentator (Posts: 2338; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
35 seconds of research on Google. Seriously.
25. AfterShock (Posts: 2621; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Phone slows penetrating effect of ONE piece of shrapnel, but if it was another phone...
He would have been riddled with shrapnel!
30. boosook (Posts: 933; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
So the iphone is better than the Bible... ;)
32. Slammer (Posts: 985; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Yes! Who needs weapons? We shall fight all wars with iphones. We will walk into battle armed only with aluminum phones and cease all evil amoung the world. Let's here it for aluminum iphones. Carry around one of these bad boys and we will be like Superman. No harm will ever be brought to us. Other countries will be like: "F*** this s*** dude, he's got an aluminum iphone"
38. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Glad the soldiers life was saved, but get real phone arena... Bibles, cigarette cases, flasks, hell even food stores have saved soldiers lives against spherical bullets and or shrapnel for centuries. Why do we always have to make it into somethings it's not?
39. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Soldiers should stop wearing their helmets and armor and replace it with two iphone's to be safer. /sarcasm
Its a bit like the old joke, did the sheriffs badge save the former Sheriffs life. It would of, if not for all the other bullets that shot him.
40. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1121; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
hahahaha typical apple - heartless.
a choice to replace the iphone or keep it? stupidity at its best.. until they used their brain and realized it soon
41. darkkjedii (Posts: 10522; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Much respect to the soldier, and good job apple, for doing the honorable thing. Kudos to both.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 10522; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Man the iHaters are in an uproar over this lol. Sound like a bunch of chicks PMS'ing
44. SIGPRO (Posts: 414; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
If the used a Nokia 3310......the phone would not have a scratch hahaha.
But this marketing is just bull, because not only iphone could stop de bearing other phones would have done the same!
46. Mr.Gru (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Most of you seem oblivious to the fact that he was wearing seval thousand dollars worth of battle rattle ( body armor) which is what actually protected/saved him from the blast. it just so happend that he had an iphone and it took some of that blast and now its credited with saving his life.
If Alan F. was so confident in the Iphones "protection abilities", he should detonate an IED or dirty bomb infront of him wearing nothing but the iphone and also be "sporting a plastic phone" and see how well that works out for him, and which one saves him....would see if he is "riddled with holes" at the end due to the "plastic phone".
He can sure do alot of S---t talking (which seems to be a common theme from almost everyone on this site), but when it comes to backing any of it up, where is he? All credibility he ever had is gone....now to start the timer and wait for my accont to get blocked and comment deleted....
48. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Blaa bla blaaa
Living in denial ,,,,,?
51. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
I don't understand why people are saying that "if it was another phone the shrapnel would stopped" The important thing is the phone saved the soldier and Apple will give him another iPhone. No need to compare it to other phones.