The roadmap is already known: just a new iPhone model reaches the hands of consumers, and in a matter of hours they start popping up in the flooded networks of videos with people testing (and destroying) new devices in the most grotesque ways imaginable.
Like iPhone 7 it’s no different – if you search on YouTube, you’ll find everything from crazy people with hammers and axes to crazy professionals with hydraulic presses.
As we prefer the more reasonable side of things, we brought some videos that are still very chilling, but testing aspects of the day-to-day use that victimize or mark many iPhones worldwide: risks, falls and interactions with liquids. This last factor is especially interesting this year, since the iPhone 7 has, for the first time, an IP67 resistance certificate – although Apple still does not cover liquid-related damages in its warranty.
The first test is that of scratch resistance, and the channel JerryRigEverything took it seriously: absolutely tested all external components of the black iPhone 7 matte: screen, housing, lens, antennas, buttons, speakers, SIM card tray, Lightning port and the new “fake” Home button.
As the test results show, Apple’s new smartphone does neither better nor worse than its predecessors and competitors – common objects like coins and keys will not scratch your precious investment (I used this term for trying to guess the price it will arrive here in Brazil), but sharp objects or with a higher degree of hardness will be a problem, yes. Be especially careful with the glass covering the camera lens, which has been scratched «very easily».
It is also interesting to note that, based on the tools used in the video, no part of the iPhone 7 is made of sapphire. The material, with a much higher degree of hardness than glass, was speculated as the one that would cover the new capacitive Start button and the lens protection, but apparently this is not the case.
THE YouTuber took the opportunity to also test the resistance of the display to flames (spoiler: the iPhone did very well) and, in order not to lose the habit, it evoked the infamous #bendgate of the iPhone 6 when trying to bend the device. Apparently, the enhanced construction of the iPhone 6s remains intact here and the iPhone 7 bravely resisted attempts. An interesting point is to note the new sticky adhesive that joins the screen to the housing, present to contribute to water resistance.
Talking about water resistance, the channel infoHut decided to put the new iPhone under tests in contact with some liquids: water, soda and something similar to coffee with milk (based purely on appearance, I refuse to call it coffee). The device came out completely unscathed, as expected, even though it had been submerged in water for more than five minutes.
IFixit left an iPhone 7 submerged in a tank for more than 7 hours – the test was only stopped because YouTube does not allow live streams for more than 8 hours! And to top it off, when the device’s battery dropped to about 14% (with about 6 hours and 50 minutes of testing), they even plugged in the Lightning cable to power the bug. Result? Believe it or not, he survived!
It’s definitely not the case that we put the new iPhones in tanks or do a deep dive with them (as I said above, Apple still doesn’t cover liquid-related damage on the iPhone 7 warranty), but the fact is that now we can sleep peacefully knowing that pets can withstand fluids.
Still on this subject, the same channel from the first video caught the iPhone vandalized by the scratching objects and made a very thorough analysis (no pun intended, please) on what makes the iPhone 7 water resistant.
The results are beyond interesting, demonstrating the hydrophobic meshes that Apple used in all the openings of the microphones and speakers, the rubbers to isolate all the components and the new super sticky adhesive that joins the screen to the housing. It’s worth watching.
Finally, the Australian channel TabTimes published the first drop test (drop test) of the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus.
The results were extremely positive: the two devices came out unscathed from 12 combined falls, from two different heights – the largest above 2 meters! Apple didn’t say anything about tougher glass in its new smartphones, but the fact is that they did better than any other competing device in the drop test.
Anyway, I don’t recommend that you try to play it at home.
[via AppleInsider, iClarified]