New iPhone's Glass May Not Be So Durable as Declared
Third-party solutions provider iFixYouri somehow obtained a complete iPhone 4 shell without any internal components to test its glass face. After third attempt of dropping the device from 3,5 feet the glass panel was totally shattered as it may be seen on the photo above.
It is interesting that the surface onto which the handset was dropped was not revealed. It is also likely that the device will be more susceptible to damage with internal hardware presence.
Anyway, it looks like the firm just wanted to generate attention and question iPhone glass' damage sustainability. As you remember, this Monday on its keynote Jobs said that new iPhone's glass front and back are "chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and more durable than ever."
iFixYouri claims that maybe glass is really 30 times stronger that plastic, but it still can't resist sudden impacts, which happens in 95% cases of glass shattering. Moreover, if previous models had aluminum frame protected by chrome bezel, iPhone 4 doesn't have this feature with a glass sitting just on top of that frame.
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