The U.S. states where iPads and iPhones are at most risk of damage

“It’s a fear we all have: dropping our smartphone or tablet, watching a device that costs $500 or more crack or shatter,” Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld. “Or perhaps spilling beer, soda, or coffee onto it, then seeing it go dead as the liquid finds its way into an open port. (Never mind the toilet drops!)”

“It turns out that people are more prone to damage their iPads and iPhones in five states, according to data from SquareTrade, which offers repair warranties. Its data from the accidents its customers have reported show that an iPhone is more likely to be damaged in Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island, North Dakota, and South Carolina,” Gruman reports. “The good news: If you live in Iowa, you’re less likely to damage your iPhone. The least safe states for an iPad are South Carolina, Mississippi, Nebraska, District of Columbia, and Alaska. The safest states are Montana and West Virginia.”

Check out the full article for every U.S. state based on SquareTrade’s data here.

MacDailyNews Take: Alright, Mississippi, you’ve had enough. 😉

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “cognativedisonance” for the heads up.]


  1. I too, feel much dumber having read that.

    Galen, who gives a rip. There a far more important things happening in the world. Did you not hear Wilbur Gates is funding a poopcatchitmakeitgoaway contest? The winner(s) get a brown Zune.

  2. Would someone please pay me to research and write an article like that? What a waste of time researching, writing, and especially reading that article. That”s almost as bad as Obama using taxpayer dollars to protect turtles from crossing the highway.

    1. In the “Mississippi Burning” days of the 1950s and 1960s, the bigots were reliably voting Democratic. Is that something you never learned or just conveniently want to forget?

      1. I think you skipped your US History 1865 to present lecture lecture on politics after WWII.

        Just like today, the Democratic Patty in the past encompassed the full spectrum of ideologies, from very progressive to conservative.

        So while Southern Democrats supported Jim Crow and tried to stop the integration of ‘the Negros’, they were very conservative, state succession supporters, or Dixiecrats.

        Think crazy right wing tea partiers and not liberal progressives.

        Remember, Strom Thurmond was their most vocal leader. He ran for president in the late 40’s, lost, and became an angrier, crazier conservative and finally switched to the Republican party (where all current ‘State Succession’ crazies reside).

  3. I would have thought the most likely states for phone or pad damage would be from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, with Florida and Louisiana as well;
    Anywhere that tornados and hurricanes are a regular fact of life has to mean your personal effects could well be compromised.
    In fact anywhere from the Rockies to the Appalachians seems risky to me.

    1. If you are talking damage to big stuff – houses, etc. – then your logic would apply. But I suspect that most electronics are damaged from daily accidents such as drops and spills, not natural disasters.

  4. Without sufficient information, this could also mean that more people in those states have these devices or that squaretrade is more popular in certain geographical regions of the country, which would increase the likelihood that squaretrade would be servicing warranties to those people.

    Bogus statistics without sufficient data.

  5. I dropped my iPad at the border crossing station from Quebec to Vermont. This was in July, I had bought it on CDN launch day in May. It was new, i was nervous, I forgot to zip the sleeve case shut and when I carried it away from the counter, there was a very loud bang of my 1st gen Ipad slamming into the hard tile floor, by falling from waist level vertically. It survived with a few scratches on the back. I had to “pop” the rim around the screen back into place and it has been fine since, 2 years later.
    This gave me a strong sense that it is very durable, thank

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