The iPhone 12 series features a brand new design that’s similar to the iPhone 4 from back in 2010. The metal chassis has flat edges rather than the curved border that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6, and the glass on the iPhone 12 is completely flat too. These changes are supposed to enhance the iPhone’s durability and allow it to withstand drops much better than previously.
It’s not like previous iPhone models were overly frail. In fact, drop tests showed that iPhones were able to sustain more damage than competing handsets from Android phone makers. However the iPhones are made from glass, and glass can constantly break. In addition to the iPhone 12’s metal frame redesign, Apple likewise made changes to the glass. Ceramic crystals are embedded in the glass above the screen, which has a brand-new marketing name: Ceramic Shield. The screen ought to provide “4x better drop efficiency,” according to Apple. That implies bit when stated on stage or read off of an iPhone 12 specifications sheet. However, the very first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro drop test reveals precisely what that indicates– and you will not believe how well Apple’s brand-new iPhones carry out.
YouTuber EverythingApplePro put both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro through the very same drop tests. As a reminder, the two phones are nearly similar. They have the exact same size, but the Pro is slightly heavier at 189 grams compared to 164 grams for the iPhone 12. That’s due to the fact that the iPhone 12 Pro includes a heavier stainless steel chassis, just like the Pro Max. The iPhone 12 features an aluminum frame, and so does the upcoming iPhone 12 mini.
As you will see in the video at the end of this post, both iPhones performed incredibly well. It’s not just the front glass that survived all the drops without a fracture, however, the dual-ion rear panel wasn’t harmed either. The glass on the back should theoretically be more prone to damage than the front panel, as it lacks ceramic particles.
The two iPhones survived drops on all sides from different heights, including from waist level and head height. Those are the most likely circumstances where drops can happen. While the glass does make it through without any fractures, you can still anticipate damage to the metal frame if you drop the phone on a difficult surface. Likewise, the OLED screen under the Ceramic Guard glass may see some damage. To put it simply, you should still think about using a screen protector and a case for the iPhone 12.
The drop tests show that the Ceramic Shield isn’t just a marketing trick. The more durable glass does work– anecdotal proof from social networks suggests that it may scratch simpler, however. What these tests also highlight is that the phones will handle landings better than in the past. Apple’s other recent iPhone designs have all featured glass with slightly curved edges on the front. While it’s definitely an elegant and comfortable style, curved edges also compromise the stability of the glass. It’s most likely not a coincidence that Samsung has substantially lowered the edge curvature of its display screens over the years.
The YouTube clip exceeds 6-foot drops and shows that the back glass and the Ceramic Guard glass can break if dropped from 10 feet. That’s most likely the sort of accidental drop that few people require to fret about. That said, the mileage may differ, and not all drops will resemble what you will see in this test. You may damage the screen from a lower height. Or you may damage the metal frame, and those dents and scuffs can be rather unsightly. So, again: glass is glass and it can break, and polished metal can scuff. Your best bet is to use a protective case and a screen protector on top of the screen.
Apple has actually also revealed how much it costs to fix the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro screen. You’ll have to pay $279, no matter design, which’s the out of guarantee fee. It’s $29 if you have AppleCare+. Should the rear-facing panel break, you’re looking at extra expenditures that might fall under the “other” category. Apple says that “other damage” repairs will cost $449 (iPhone 12) and $549 (iPhone 12 Pro). That drops to $99 with AppleCare+.