If you follow the MacMagazine for some time, you have certainly seen Apple devices going through all kinds of disasters and surviving – we have falls from impressive heights, trips to the bottom of the sea, throwing cars at extremely high speeds and even passages through human digestive systems. But a story involving two factors worthy of Highlander? This one is new.
The report comes from The Next Web and revolves around the Icelandic photographer Haukur Snorrason. Last summer (from the northern hemisphere), he was taking an air tour of the Skaftá River to photograph the annual floods caused by the melting of glaciers.
At one point, Snorrason pulled his iPhone 6s Plus to film the phenomenon, but Murphy’s law acted with all its might: at that very moment, the plane was hit by a gust of wind and the device fell from his hand, falling from a height of more than 60 meters. The photographer then said goodbye to his faithful digital companion, imagining that he would never see him again in life – he even asked a local farmer to look around the area to try to find something, but he was unsuccessful.
396 days and 396 nights (or rather 13 months) have passed. The intrepid iPhone 6s Plus was already a distant memory in Snorrason’s memory when the unlikely happened: the photographer received a call informing him that his old device had been found. Yes: after more than a year out in the wild in Iceland, the smartphone was found alive by a group of hikers.
According to Snorrason, the luck of the iPhone was that it landed in an area of very thick moss, which softened the impact of the fall. The device fell with the screen facing downwards and had a plastic case protecting its housing, which must have protected it from the inclement weather of nature – it is worth remembering that, unlike its successors, the iPhone 6s does not bring any certificate of resistance to water or dust.
The photographer stated that the device still works almost perfectly: it is still possible to send photos and videos of it (such as the footage of the fall, which can be seen on TNW), but the microphone appears to have been compromised: when making a call, the person on the other end cannot hear you, says Snorrason.
What is the lesson of this? Well, it’s obvious: the next time you’re planning to drop your phone, make sure it falls from a height of 60 meters straight into a thick layer of Icelandic moss, instead of letting it hit hard surfaces. Let us be aware, people.