Skydiving iPhone 4 survives 13,500-foot drop

Jarrod McKinney was “just absolutely shocked” when he found out his Apple iPhone 4 survived a fall from his pocket while he was skydiving from 13,500 feet.

CNN reports, “He found the gadget, its glass surfaces shattered, on top of a building about a half-mile away from where he landed with his parachute.”

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“Joe Johnson, a skydiving instructor, said he and a few friends watched from the ground below the two-story building as McKinney raised the phone above his head in triumph after he located it using a GPS tracking app,” CNN reports. “Just to be funny, Johnson decided to call the busted phone.

“He didn’t expect the call to go through. But it did,” CNN reports. “McKinney felt the phone vibrate and started laughing. ‘They were all like, ‘It works! It works!” he said of his friends watching his rooftop search from the bottom of the building.”

Full article here.

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  1. An equally amazing fact I have learned with my experience with Apple is that if the phone is less than a year old, they will replace it under warranty for free. Also, if it’s beyond a year, and you haven’t yet purchased Apple Care, they will probably let you get it anyways, and then replace the phone ar no additional cost. Apple isn’t only about the incredible products, but also incredible service. Eat that would-be rivals!!

  2. I used to be skeptical of stories like these until last week when my iP4 slipped out a car window onto a road where it was run over. Thanks to “find my iPhone” we located it in a puddle in the middle of a road. The front glass was shattered, the “protective cas” smashed to pieces but the phone still worked fine. Also thanks to the Tacoma Apple Store who happily replaced my phone despite being out of warranty and with apple clearly not at fault. Amazing craftsmanship and amazing customer service, that’s why they are beating the bejeebies out of everyone.

          1. No, very much possibly much harder than that.

            Seriously, what could happen to the board and components if these are packed with a small steel frame and multi-layered glass?

            The glass will shatter, but for damage to chips and other components the force has to be absolutely ridiculous. Flying from big height might very well not to be the case of giving ridiculous force since everything reaches it’s terminal velocity.

  3. Wasnt this reported a few months back?

    Man I’m living in a slow news day today… Someone sent out a news story on the NYT last night that James Doohan died…. Except he died in 2005… Quickly redacted but… Screwed up day.

  4. My old 3GS shattered like noneI have ever seen after being dropped from waist height on a parking lot month or so ago. Maybe it was because of the huge temp difference between an air conditioned car and a 100 day..
    Anyhow, the drop was no worse than many it had survived. It proved tone quite tough. Just not that day.

  5. guess I bought a lemon, dropped it while walking up stairs one week after buying (3G) and the screen was non responsive , no cracks on the screen, just a scuffed corner!

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