iPhone XS and XS Max do not survive drops

Kaiann Drance, Apple’s senior director of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing, speaks about Apple iPhone XS in the Steve Jobs Theatre at an event to announce new products from Apple Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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If you have paid a small fortune for an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max in your pocket, the answer to the question “should be put in a protective sleeve?” is a resounding yes! This very expensive new iPhones can boast IP68 water resistance and more durable glass, but they will most likely be a complete disaster for both your phone and your bank balance.

As MacRumors reports, a series of tests performed by SquareTrade, which guarantees to protect your gadgets in case the worst happens. With that in mind, you will see the barrage of tests performed and the damage that is caused in the video below. I warn you, it is not beautiful as the iPhone is a thing of beauty.


Apple claims that the glass used in this new iPhone is the most sustainable ever. Both the XS models are equipped with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass, but that doesn’t matter during drop tests. The deletion of XS or XS Max of six feet results in hairline fractures, a broken and raised pieces of glass, as well as loose glass that could fall. It doesn’t matter which way you leave the phones, such as cracked glass will be the result.

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The 60 second tumble test also resulted in a broken phone, with the glass showing hairline fractures, scratches, and loose pieces. The bend test resulted in a broken screen on the 250lbs of pressure marking. The good news is that both smartphones will survive being immersed in liquid, thanks to the IP68 rating, just do not fall on a hard floor.

SquareTrade concluded that the iPhone XS has a high risk of breaking, where the iPhone XS Max has an average risk. Both the handsets are stronger than last year with the iPhone-X, so there’s that. But your take away from this should not take the risk of drop damage by purchasing a good case to your iPhone within. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with paying a repair bill of a few hundred dollars, if it drops out of your pockets, or slides from your hand.

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