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

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.

source: KSL, NYPost

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1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Now I see the connection. Lol!

28. zhiae unregistered

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

34. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

THANK YOU - Somebody with A BRAIN for once!

36. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

+1 to you sir BRAVO

3. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 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: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 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: Nov 09, 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: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

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

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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 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. . .

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

26. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1 well said, completely agree.

35. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

10. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 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: Jan 23, 2014

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

14. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

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

15. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

18. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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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