Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max might be beer-resistant, but they're definitely not shatterproof

Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max might be beer-resistant, but they're definitely not shatterproof
Apple is known for often making bombastic marketing claims during product launch events that don’t exactly hold up in real life, and it looks like the pricey new iPhone XS and XS Max are no exception.

Just as popular YouTuber Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything predicted when scratch, burn, and bend-testing the latest extra-large iPhone, “glass is glass, and glass breaks.” That’s precisely what protection plan provider SquareTrade discovered while dropping the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max from different angles using a “scientific robot.”

Forget “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone” and just slap a protective case on one of these bad boys if you don’t want to spend a (second) fortune on replacing its screen or fragile back.


A single face-down drop is enough to wreak total destruction on those beautiful OLED panels, and the same will happen to the two’s shiny backplates if they bump into a hard surface from six feet high. The smaller iPhone XS fell apart completely in SquareTrade’s back drop test, with the XS Max faring a little better in both face-down and back drops. But just a little. 

Of course, side drops are a different story, thanks to an incredibly sturdy (and handsome) stainless steel frame, with water and even beer resistance also praised following a rather unconventional dunk experiment.

Instead of submerging the iPhone XS and XS Max in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes, SquareTrade filled its proprietary “DunkBot” with no less than 138 cans of beer. Quite a wasteful exercise to prove Apple indeed stepped up its liquid protection measures for the newest iPhone generation.

Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max might be beer-resistant, but they're definitely not shatterproof

But now you know the XS and XS Max can survive a great deal more than “everyday spills”, so maybe that will make those ludicrous official repair costs easier to swallow.
All in all, the iPhone XS was found to be stronger than last year’s iPhone X, and the XS Max “much stronger”, but you should still mind the glass.

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iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)

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22 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's pass Zack's bend test, but EverythingApplePro manage to snap the stainless steel frame on side antenna line.

4. DolmioMan

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

The display was already shattered in that video.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Did you think thin glass will help the metal frame? lol.. Zack's test is focusing the pressure on center of iPhone, while EverythingApplePro pressing the middle and the edge of phone with his palm, front and back glass won't help in that case, it snap in the weak part, on antenna line (I'm not sure why they keep the antenna line on side frame, while the whole back of the phone is glass not metal like they used to be)

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The real truth is in the repair costs, even if you have Apple Care. You still have to pay. Without Apple Care you pay $600 USD to fix the glass back on the XS Max. In Canada you pay $780. Talk about paying up the @$$. Apple should invent a new Soother and call it the iSoother. Only it's in the shade of a dildo. If the customers start to complain, then use the iSoother on those customers. Apple needs to keep their customer satisfaction up, right? Next customer, bend over please.

9. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

hahaha sheep spotted

14. Fred3

Posts: 342; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Stop it there were multiple drop tests out already it they all broke just like the previous iphones at the same height

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

News flash: large flat planes of glass shatter, when dropped from the right height, on to the right surface.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

when will we consider ceramic backs as high end? or something other than glass??? im tired of glass backs.... love the wireless charging though

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder the same.

22. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I would gladly give up wireless charging for a stronger metal back. I think Apple was nuts for going back to glass and I wish Samsung would go metal.

21. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly How people think glass, ANY glass on ANY PHONE is not going to shatter are pretty dumb.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"All in all, the iPhone XS was found to be stronger than last year’s iPhone X, and the XS Max “much stronger”, but you should still mind the glass." Haven't seen anything that validates this claim. Scratches as easy as the eks and breaks as easily if not easier based on some of the tests I've seen on other Apple centric blogs.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Haven't you see their keynote? They clearly state "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone" (or something similar with that). That's mean it's totally legit stronger than older iPhoneX. /s

19. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

They said in an iPhone. Not in a smartphone, because the Moto X force has tough glass. They even dropped it from a crane, and it still didn't break it's screen.

5. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

"SquareTrade... doing things, for Science!"

8. Luigy04

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Hey no problem... just buy a case... wait no... even with a case the Iphones back glass... have another $400.00 in pocket for repair...

11. thxultra

Posts: 436; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Big surprise drop a piece of glass it breaks especially when done over and over. Lesson get a good case and don't drop your phone. If you are accident prone get the insurance.

12. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

In the end, these tests are useless. People will still buy an iphone because its an apple and people will buy cases to protect their beloved phones. After a year, they gonna trade it again to a new iphone, so its a win-win.

13. KingSam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Buy a $1100 phone without using a case? Absolute madlad.

15. Valdomero

Posts: 635; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

A nice otterbox case for $60 and a $20 tempered glass can save your $1k investment.

16. Wazupmrg

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Those beautiful oled panels made by Samsung. Lol

23. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Case is the answer. Glass breaks which is a well known fact. Also water is wet.

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