Apple iPhone 4 falls 1,000 feet from an airplane and survives

Apple iPhone 4 falls 1,000 feet from an airplane and survives
For those who thought that the current iPhone design had too much glass to withstand drops and the average rough handling that a smartphone goes through in the course of its life, here is a story that just might surprise you.

U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker was flying at 130 knots (that's 150 mph for you non aeronautical types) when he decided to stick his head out the window of the plane to look for landmarks. The velcro on his shirt failed and out dropped the handset, plummeting it's way toward earth from 1,000 feet up. Walker thought to himself that he would have to buy a new iPhone and continued with his piloting duties.

Once back on terra firma, Walker and a friend used 'Find my iPhone' and some ATV's and sure enough, the Apple iPhone was found in working condition in a wooded area inbetween a two-lane highway and a lake. Not only that, but protected only by a Griffin Motif TPU case and some metal backing on the back, the device did not suffer even one scratch.

A very impressive performance by the Apple iPhone which really tells you about the build quality of the handset. And once his iPhone was found, Walker used it to send an e-mail about the incident to the source to prove that it remains in perfect working condition.

source: ilounge

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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A4, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1420 mAh
  • OS iOS 7.x



58. Ken unregistered

The pilot must have in his subconsicious state installed a parachute on his iphone somewhat :/.

57. Ben Marvin unregistered

Fake. You don't even say if it's a Verizon or AT&T iPhone.

48. tasteless unregistered

I heard this is what caused the quake in Japan.

46. digitell unregistered

it was also in a mil spec case so the case was manufactured good not the iphone

39. XxVerbalxX unregistered

wow physics debate all of a sudden. well i will go with what i know from school/ tv all things do fall at 9.8 meters per second in a vaccum. that is the force of gravity. a penny dropped from the empire state building cannot penetrate the human skull due to its lack of mass (mythbusters) a bowling ball will the plane wasnt a vaccum. thats all i got without looking up stuff. i really dont care about it either way

41. graduatedscienceclass unregistered

Goodness, people get your units right. First of all terminal velocity, like many people have said, is not 9.8 meters/second. Second, the force of gravity is not 9.8 meters/second either. 9.8 meters/second is a velocity, 9.8 meters/second/second (or 9.8 m/s^2) is the rate at which your speed accelerates in freefall.

44. XxVerbalxX unregistered

glad u remember. luckily i havent had to use this in real life at all.

43. XxVerbalxX unregistered

had more coffe brain kicked in a bit.... when anything falls the speed INCREASES 9.8 m/s. that is the force of gravity not terminal velocity. terminal velocity is the term used for the top speed an object gets while falling once they are not heavy enough to combat wind ristance any more. all things begin falling at 9.8 m/s, and increase at 9.8 m/s until it tops out. in a vaccum there is no resistance and all things fall the same. i prob got it wrong but i refuse to look it up. i will stick with ignorance

37. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What some people won\'t say for 15 minutes of \'fame\'.

35. IOS5 unregistered

Ok try it with galaxy s and for the guy he said N8 can handle it without case you must be dreaming even with the case N8 will carshe like a glass of water one of my friend has the N8 the phone got scratch so easy just for 3 months use.

27. Ronen Polinovsky unregistered

My friend was just playing angry birds and the phone broke, it was even with a case :)

25. JW1ngman

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

i know my next case to submit to mythbusters!

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Better yet, how about you discuss the story from CNN about the homophobic app on the Apple App Store not being pulled?

21. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

its a conspiracy (

20. Wowe1234 unregistered

When an absence of news... Copying on bogus and completely unbelievable stories is the thing. Interesting way to market for Apple. This is more of an add. You should write about the Tooth Fairy putting an Iphone under my girlfriends pillow. What! That never happened...

19. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

My N8 could survive that fall. WITHOUT A CASE.

15. AustinF1ynn unregistered

My friends iphone fell off the side of the couch and broke.. Doubt this is true

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It wasn't the design of the phone that protected it; it was that case that protected it. Not to mention the fact that the floor of the wooded area was probably really soft with leaves and pine needles.

13. Kartiel unregistered

This story reminds me of the Droid 2 that Exploded on that guys ear lol

12. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

he had a case on it, I could see some truth in that. I dropped mine off the kitchen counter on to the concrete with my case and didn't have a scratch. granted the kitchen counter is not 1000 feet off the ground, but if it hit some tree branches on the way down.. it could happen.

11. b unregistered

strange this one survives a massive fall from the sky and countess crack and shatter dropping from hand held height . hmmmmmmm.......and 82% confirmed more instances of iphone 4s breaking than 3gs.....hmmmm. Thank god for idrones that networks have insurance

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, I've heard of people falling 1,000 feet and surviving. Doesn't attribute anything special to the build quality of humans, as many will just go splat. I can guarantee that if you dropped a Droid X under the exact same conditions (and I mean EXACT same) it would survive the drop as well. And it wouldn't need a case to do it either. Especially since an iPhone can't survive a 4 foot drop all the time either.

9. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Did it say whether it was on vzw? Because for some reason their airwaves seem a lot slower than some, maybe that broke the fall a little? Jokes aside, this story is stupid, unverified, probably half true at most.

29. Penny

Posts: 1877; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It must have been on Verizon airwaves. After all, the phone did end up working.

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@duder brush up on your physics. From a thousand feet up it would reach terminal velocity. It wouldn't slow down. Even if it fell flat side down the whole way it would still achieve the same velocity. Aside from that, it most likely fell on natural ground-dirt or ruffage- and not a road. That's what the story insinuated anyway. Even with that it's still quite a feat but apple isn't the only one to congratulate. The case helped to spread the shock around. Still the case couldn't have absorbed all the kinetic energy so apples design combined with the case are definitely a winning combination.

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@XxverbalxX "terminal velocity of it isn't that fast" all objects fall the same speed if the same gravity effects it. Regardless of size or weight. But your about right about one thing. If the landing spot was soft like grass, any smartphone with a case and decent build quality could have survived

16. physics unregistered

Terminal velocity isn't the same for all objects when there's air's only the same if they're falling in a vacuum...

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

terminal velocity is 9.8 meters per second. .for anything. Wind resistance slows it down, but an object that dense and slim is not going to incur much wind resistance. Publicly educated im assuming.. lol

23. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Lol you guys are really unbelievable. Do you guys even know what terminal velocity is? It's the speed(velocity) you move at when you are no longer accelerating because the force of drag now equals the force of gravity. This is dependent on the size, shape, weight, and orientation of the object so a phone falling facedown versus edge-down would actually reach a slower terminal velocity. And no, terminal velocity is NOT 9.8 meters for all objects lol. Acceleration in a vacuum is, but not terminal velocity.

31. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

You statement depends on one truth that will never be. The iPhone will not fall face down or edge own the whole way. It will spin.

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