An Apple iPhone survives the ultimate drop test, plummeting 9300 feet out of a plane

An Apple iPhone survives the ultimate drop test, plummeting 9300 feet out of a plane
Ben Wilson just completed the ultimate drop test for the Apple iPhone. Wilson, the owner of Gas Corp. of America, was on a plane flying him and his pilot from Houston to Witchita's Kickapoo Airport when all of a sudden a pressure change caused a three-inch displacement in the door latch. While Wilson didn't actually see his iPhone get sucked through the opening, after landing he couldn't find it anywhere in the plane or in his briefcase. The device had plunged 9300 feet to the ground.

After getting a signal using the Find my iPhone app, John Kidwell, Gas Corp.’s vice president of sales, said that the iPhone belonging to his boss was tracked to an area outside of  Joplin, Texas. Wilson and Kidwell trekked to Joplin clutching satellite imagery and a map.

Amazingly, the pair found the phone. Still clad in the Mophie Juice Pack it was nestled in when it had its free-fall out of the plane, the iPhone amazingly still worked, albeit with some scratching on the corners. Wilson summed things up by saying, "It hit the corners a bit but it’s just fine. The only missing part is the battery."

After this fall, a five-foot drop onto a tile doesn't seem so threatening anymore.


source: TimesRecordNews via NYPost

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34 Comments

1. smartMartian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

Hello isheep's! it's time for an orgasm!!

8. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You seem to be butt-hurt. Looks like someone finished it off "in" you.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Stupidity only comes from people who make people look dumb and in a case like this, your butthurt consciousness.

33. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Oh, thank you oh intelligent one!

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

WHY DOES PA KEEP REPORTING ON THESE PHONES DROPPED FROM SPACE DROPPED FROM PLANE AND SO ON ON BOTH ANDROID AND IPHONE, THEY LAND ON BUSHES AND DIRT AND EVERYTHING BUT CONCRETE AND THEY HAVE PARACHUTES AND CASES SO NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS ITS NOT NEWS MOPHIE HAS A GOOD CASE SO DO A LOT OF COMPANIES

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Morpie battery case? May have to get one for my S6.

3. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That is complete luck. The device probably landed on its back initially and the case took the brunt of the impact.

4. almostdone

Posts: 423; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

And we have no idea of the impact. It could of hit a bush or anything that would have softened the impact. I doubt any phone without a case dropped from even a 1000 feet would survive on something hard such as concrete.

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It doesn't even need to land on its back to survive, grassy area with no big rocks? yeah pretty big chance that most devices will survive practically infinitive drop height once they reach terminal velocity which they do rather quickly, what determines survival rate is more what they land on then the phone itself.

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I dropped my GS5 4 feet onto a concrete sidewalk. The screen now has a fairly even crack that runs from end to end. I didn't buy too protective of a case after viewing it survive torture tests on YouTube (including being thrown from 30 feet and being run over by a SUV). On the other hand, I keep my iPhone 5S in an Otterbox Defender case (the case actually designed for the very similar iPhone 5). I have tossed the phone about onto concrete as often as liberals complain about Donald Trump. Nary a scratch on that handset.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I like Dr. Carson. But the president should have been Ron Paul a long long time ago and for at least 3 terms. LoL Ok back to topic...

10. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Ron Paul should have definitely been Prez, just for the fact that he wants to cut foreign aid (let other nations including already FILTHY RICH Israel fend for themselves). Now back to topic for me as well. Didn't mean to go off-base with the Trump reference, and furthermore won't post any more related responses.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Liberals don't complain about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a godsend to liberals and it shows that the Republican party is so out of touch with the average voter and if he were to get the nomination, it guarantees a victory for whoever gets the democratic nomination. That point aside, you are saying you don't drop your Iphone 5s very often? How is that a test of the phone or case?

9. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Quite the contrary to "not dropping it" In fact, I kept PURPOSELY dropping it on a concrete patio at a barbecue last Labor Day in trying to shame someone with a damaged phone that STILL refuses to use a case. Some people just so stubborn even when offered helpful advice.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

He's saying he drop or tossed it a 1000 times. Go right now and buy a Otterbox. I'm completely sold.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wow. That's is a great case and some awesome advertisement.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I have an S5 in a light case, it helped it survive many face down drops

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I have to ask, how does this compare? you just said your iPhone 5S is in an extra durable case? compared to a GS5 with no case? how does that compare? take iphone 5s out of case and do the same, it will break.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually, I've posted a few times here that I don't carry my iPhone 5s in a case - I loath cases, what's the point of designing a phone at all when you gonna wrap that cold aluminum and glass in $5 rubber or plastic. No my phone got dings and scuffs so deep you'd think I had replaced my glass - but it's still original. ( I have cracked my 3rg glass 3 times throughout 4.5 year ownership - so trust me I drop 'em hard ). I had it all, face down, corner drops, tumble down the sidewalk - still original glass!

24. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Man, you've gotta be more careful. I've only dropped a smartphone once, when my hand hit the door knob as I entered a room. At the end of use, my phones look as good so new.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm always on construction sites, and with the phone rested on the clipboard that I carry (I communicate with customers and take down data consistently - so that's why the drops.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Edit: I have cracked my 3GS glass... (just noticed a mistype)

14. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I think is not the big accomplishment... for such height, once you reach terminal velocity, which for an object so small would be rather fair taking in consideration wind resistance, I can understand the phone resisting the impact.. and we are leaving out the fact that it probably landed on grass or dirt, not concrete, and that it was protected by the case. They should give us the juicy details to make some calculations..

18. ICleanup2

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

I always like reading these posts, but did anyone happen to notice that the only thing missing was his battery? How did he find his phone If the battery was missing. Wilson summed things up by saying, "It hit the corners a bit but it’s just fine. The only missing part is the battery."

22. almostdone

Posts: 423; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

The battery was from Mophie Juice Pack. The iPhone internal battery can't be missing otherwise the iPhone would have split open or smashed.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So it survived I've a fall from heaven, but can't stand up to you sitting on it in your pocket. Anyway it has a case on it. If it landed in grass it should survive. It doesn't weight that much. As long as it didn't hit a hard surface I expect it should survive. let's try it without a case.

20. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I'm guessing it meant the Mophie Juice case is missing its battery and the iPhone's battery was fine and still had power in it.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And how do we know this is even true and it happened.

34. dazed1

Posts: 786; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Sure its fake, another blatant Apple marketing stunt.

26. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

It's on the internet, it must be true... *sarcasm*

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