SquareTrade has released results from its annual drop tests involving Apple’s newest iPhones and this year says the iPhone 11 Pro “might be the most durable iPhone ever.”
According to the company, the iPhone 11 Pro was the first smartphone to survive the company’s tumble test “with virtually no damage,” while the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max both cracked during the test.
When it came to the face-down and back-down drop tests, all 2019 iPhone models cracked on their first drops, resulting in shattered glass.
As for bend tests, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro bent at roughly 250 lbs of pressure, similar to the iPhone X, but both 2019 iPhone 11 Pro models did not crack while bending, “showing added durability.” The iPhone 11 Pro Max cracked at 230 lbs of pressure “and was unusable”.
As for dunk tests underwater, the iPhone 11 Pro survived 30 minutes while submerged in five feet of water without any damage. But both iPhone 11 models suffered from audio distortion after the test, even after drying out.
“After our robots dropped, dunked, tumbled and bent the devices, we found the new iPhone 11 Pro to be the most durable iPhone we’ve tested in generations,” said Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director at SquareTrade, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada.
“It’s the first smartphone to survive our tumble test, which simulates the effects of multiple, random impacts experienced by a smartphone during long-term use. That’s a real achievement when it comes to durability. However, dropping any of the new iPhone 11 models on a sidewalk without a case, face-down or back-down, can still cause serious damage, as we saw with our drop tests,” added Siciliano.
Check out the drop tests below:
When it comes to SquareTrade’s “Repairability” score, the iPhone 11 is similar to the iPhone 8, but both iPhone 11 Pro models might take more time to repair given the added battery connections, pull tabs and screws.
It appears drop tests on exposed aggregate concrete results in instant shattered glass versus a smooth finish, as seen in previous torture tests involving iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.