According to data recently doled out by warranty provider SquareTrade, about 21 percent of iPhone-destroying calamities occur in the kitchen. While the kitchen is tops in terms of smartphone destruction, other rooms which come awfully close are the living room (18 percent) and the bathroom (16 percent). Bedrooms, on the other hand, only weighed in at 8 percent while driveways accounted for about 10 percent of all iPhone mishaps.
Although the 2,500-person survey didn't touch on why kitchens appears to be the most menacing room for iPhones, kitchens also have it out for their owners too -- so maybe it isn't just an iPhone thing. After all, what other room combines molten liquids, open flames, rock hard floors, slippery surfaces and copious amounts of sharp tools?
Americans have spent $5.9 billion on damaged iPhones, according to another recent estimate by SquareTrade. And when it comes to being careless iPhones, Mississippi is a national leader. Nearly one-third of Mississippi iPhone owners are expected to accidentally damage their phones over a two year period -- yikes.
Water is by far the most treacherous liquid when it comes iPhones, accounting for 43 percent of liquid damage. As the most ubiquitous liquid on planet Earth, water may pose no surprise; however, fluids with far more complete and irreversible powers of destruction -- soda, beer and coffee / tea -- round out the top four at 19 percent, 12 percent and 12 percent, respectively.
Ever drive off with your phone still on top of your car? No? Well, six percent of individuals surveyed said they had. Five percent said they left their iPhone in a washing machine too -- I suppose that's one way to get rid of those finger smudges.
Although those are indeed interesting ways for an iPhone to perish, there was one factoid which stood out above all others: a whole nine percent of accident-prone owners dropped their phones in the toilet. *Plunk*
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The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
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