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iPhone 7 durability put to the test

By Shawn Knight
Sep 16, 2016
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  1. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have finally arrived. For a select few, that means putting Apple’s latest smartphones through the wringer to determine just how durable they are, filming the process and putting it on YouTube for all to see.

    One of the first out of the gate is YouTube user JerryRigEverything who gets right down to business by testing the iPhone 7’s scratch resistance using a set of mineral picks to determine where the phone’s glass falls on the Mohs scale.

    The results suggest the iPhone 7’s glass is on par with other modern smartphones as it took a level six tool to scratch the glass. If you recall, the Gorilla Glass 5 on the Galaxy Note 7 started scratching at a level three – claims that Samsung and Corning disputed.

    Moving on, the new solid state home button also scratched at level six which suggests it isn’t made of harder sapphire glass. The same was true with the glass covering the rear camera which means Apple doesn’t appear to be using sapphire anywhere on the iPhone 7.

    The matte black anodized aluminum on the rear of the device held up well to scratches from a key although a razor blade was able to scratch it without much effort. The rear LED flash cover and antenna bands appear to be plastic as they were marked easily using a razor blade.

    In the screen burn test, the iPhone 7 lasted nearly 10 seconds while in contact with a flame from a lighter before the pixels got too hot and shut down. Interestingly enough, the pixels came back to life once the screen had a few seconds to cool down.

    In the bend test, we can see that the waterproofing adhesive lining the underside of the display becomes exposed, almost certainly rendering the device less water resistant than it once was.

    With regard to the removal of the headphone jack, the YouTuber sees this as a bad move as the single Lightning port used for headphones and charging will no doubt wear out quicker as it will see more use. Just how long it’ll last, however, won’t be known anytime soon.

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Maniac Posts: 401   +208

    Bam !
    Bend !
    Boom !
     
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  3. Levi Sterling

    Levi Sterling TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +21

    I saw one get crushed by a Hydraulic press
     
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Has this junk been released to the air headed consumer already?
     
    Reehahs and wastedkill like this.
  5. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 416   +219

    My girlfriend and I both have iPhone 7 Plus now.

    As the seasons change and it gets colder, people will notice that the new home button won't work if you have gloves on. Since you can't use a touchscreen with gloves on, you might as well just use the sleep/wake button to turn it on and off.

    Or say: HEY SIRI.

    I've also noticed that the new speakers cause the display to vibrate way more than I've ever noticed before in my iPhone 6 Plus or 6S Plus.


    I was in Mahe Seychelles on the beach and I stupidly didn't bring a plastic bag to seal my iPhone 6 Plus in. Slipped and fell into water and the thing shorted out IMMEDIATELY because of the salt water.

    Is iPhone salt-water resistant or just fresh water in sinks and toilets?
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Can't use a touchscreen without special gloves anyways...
     
  7. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 529   +37

    Lots of gloves have the finger tips compatible with Capacitive devices. But your fingerprint....hmmm.
     
  8. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 511   +46

    The iphone 6 didn't short out because it was in salt water, it would have died in fresh water just the same (died as in shorting out) it has no protection from liquid. You could though throw your iphone 7 in a vat of orange juice and it would work just fine. It is IP67 rating so it is protecting from the ingress of "liquid". The phone doesn't differentiate between minerals within the liquid. Ofc though, keeping something submerged for certain amount of time in salt water can cause undesired affects. Thats why Apple (and the companies like Samsung) remind you that they devices are NOT water proof and are not meant for use under water but should survive a quick dip in the ocean, drop in the bath and running under a tap. Remember though that Apple still doesn't cover water damage in their warranties.
     

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