Apple iPhone units are falling from the sky; devices survive drop from plane and carnival ride

Better cover your head or wear a hard hat while walking outside. Apple iPhone models are literally falling from the sky. Over the last few weeks, in a pair of separate events, an iPhone fell over 1,000 feet from an airplane and another fell 450 feet from one of the tallest rides in Orlando. Both devices survived. In the clip at the top of this article, you see footage recorded by one Cansel Yildirim, who was taking video with her Apple iPhone 7 Plus as she rode the StarFlyer on International Drive in Orlando with a male friend. And then, the phone, which was not protected by a case, slipped out of Yildirim's hand.

The 450 foot descent was captured by the iPhone 7 Plus in a spinning, swirling carousel of colors. The phone must have landed on its back because the FaceTime camera managed to capture the ride from the ground up, leaving viewers of the video with a sense of how far the handset fell.

The second event was reported by Ohio's WHO-TV. The news report can be seen in the video below. On July 3rd, Sarvinder Naberhaus and her friend Donna Johnson paid to take an old biplane for an aerial tour. While 1,000 feet in the air, Naberhaus pulled out her iPhone and held it away from the protection of the windshield. Suddenly, the wind blew it out of her hand.

When they landed, Naberhaus tried to use the "Find My iPhone" feature, but was unsuccessful at first. She gave it a second shot and lo and behold, her iPhone was located. With a borrowed handset, she called her device, hoping to hear it ring. And sure enough, she found her iPhone lying in tall grass. Amazingly, the phone not only still worked, there was not a scratch on it.

We aren't telling you to rush out your front door with a net to catch a falling iPhone, but you might want to look up at the sky every now and then to make sure that an iOS powered handset isn't bearing down on your head.

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iPhone 7 Plus
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  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



44. ssallen

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Due to relative light weight and surface area its not at all surprising that ANY phone would survive this fall. It's a lot closer to dropping a feather than it is a person. This is just "wow geez!" story for people with little to no understanding of physics and basic math.

23. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

lol another marketing to cover the bendgate, battery issues.

15. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

For the attraction ride lady, she's still an idiot. At least get a laynard and a tight fitting case. Common sense, not worth losing expensive investment over a 15 second experience that you can redo as many times before the park close. And of course, she could had hurt someone, accident or not, qould had been her fault. Dudes an idiot too carrying a phone like that. If you can't secure you're phone, dont pull it out. Same can be said about to the plane lady. It's common sense

13. Jrod99

Posts: 782; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Falls can be strange sometimes. Always keep a cause on mine but prefer the thin cases.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Holy crap how on earth did the carnival one survive. I dropped my 6S a few months ago on its back from around head height and it cracked :(.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I dropped my X today getting out of my car at an air pump, landed right on its face, and skidded about 2 feet...luckily it didn’t crack. I was scared to pick it up and turn it over lol. I still should’ve just left it in its case, but sometimes I like to use it caseless.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Back panel crack and you'll need $549 to fix that, lol.. Even slim TPU case can be life-saver sometime :D

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Facts. It’s back in a case now.

6. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That carnival video was pretty amazing, it almost look like viral marketing because what are the odds all that happens and i don't mean the part that it survived. I mean the footage overall.

12. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I know right, it didn't seem impressive until it showed you how far it fell. Still astonished!

5. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 170; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

And my wife accidentally dropped her iphone from waist height and it had a cracked screen.

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

My mother dropped her S8 from knee height, shattered into pieces. Samsung was tho kind enough to provide a replacement at no cost.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hmmmmm... I’ll just say it. You’re a fkn liar on this one.

3. peace247 unregistered

another fake apple marketing.... smh

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you know that for certain?

16. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

Apple is essentially lying like Satan lied to man about the cancer-causing potency of high-fructose corn syrup.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6942; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Thumbs up for the best comment in this thread. And yeah...they put sugar in practically everything...not cool!!

45. ssallen

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Or the writing staff is incompetent. Just about any phone would have survived these falls. Its a full piece at best.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Congratulations to France and to all the French people for the world cup.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Great team and well deserved.

1. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stupid careless owners, thankfully nobody on the ground was hit. #bro #mydude

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, Someone might not survive if that thing hit his head.

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