“Post ‘antenna-gate’, Apple-haters have a new myth. This morning’s anti-iPhone info-blip sees claims that the ‘iPhone 4 breaks 82 percent more than iPhone 3Gs. Which sounds like quite a headline — particularly given the mind-share wars between Apple and Android — except it isn’t strictly true,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld. “These claims are based on data from a firm called SquareTrade and is based on claimed analysis of 20,000 iPhone warranty customers. But this is a storm in a teacup — though likely to attract the usual critics.”
“SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for more than 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by one of its plans and found an 82 percent jump in reports of broken screens in the device’s first four months, compared to the first four months after the iPhone 3Gs release,” Evans reports. “Described as ’82 percent’ of course this sounds like a big deal, but in reality it means 3.9 percent of 20,000 iPhone 4 owners reported a cracked screen rather than 2.1 percent of 20,000 iPhone 3GS owners.”
Evans reports, “Before rolling with these figures, do consider the fact that the iPhone 4 has glass on the back as well as the front of the product, while the iPhone 3GS carried it only on the front of the device. It would be easy to conjecture that Apple should be seeing cracked screens twice as often with the iPhone 4 than with the iPhone 3GS. /it isn’t. This makes for a small testament to the strength of the aluminosilicate Gorilla glass used in the new iPhone.”
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MacDailyNews Take: After what our iPhone 4′s have gone through (dropped down stadium stairs, stepped on during an under-12 soccer game, tumbled onto a train platform, etc.) without being any worse for the wear, we can’t imagine (short of driving over it with a truck) what it would take to actually break an iPhone 4′s Gorilla Glass.