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We’ve already told a lot of stories about all sorts of seemingly invincible iPhone models that survive accidental drop tests, or extreme environmental survival tests. Well, here’s another one, it’s probably the most extreme.
On that lucky day, David was flying home from Colorado Springs to Atlanta. He stopped refueling in Branson, Massachusetts, before continuing the final leg of his journey.
It was about 6:30 p.m., and David was flying more than 11,000 feet below the endless expanse of farmland. He noticed that there were some unique bloating cloud formations to his right, and decided that it was worth photographing. As he clicked to open the window, David noticed that the fact that he was moving at a speed of 175 miles per hour meant that if he got too close, the slip stream outside his Will whip by hand
David’s distrust slowly turned to curiosity, as he made up his mind to return to Arkansas for a two-and-a-half-hour flight to see if he could get a phone call. He was sure it would be torn to pieces, with little chance of escaping the impact of the battery falling from 11,000 feet.
Once he landed on a soybean field in Arkansas, where his phone had fallen, it was difficult to reach the off-road track. He had to cross about a mile of wet, chest-high rice fields, ankle-deep mud, and irrigation pits. In the field of the floor, high soybean plants were planted which were difficult to pass.
The play sound feature on the Find My iPhone didn’t help, as the battery had run out the night before. After an hour of searching, he was beginning to give up hope, until he saw the shining glass on the ground. When he found out he was going to look at his long lost phone, David said, he let out a winning scream.
The battery ran out when he tried to turn it on in the middle of the soybean field, but it was expected. One victory was still a victory, and David was the winner when he embarked on a difficult journey on his lender. Once there, he connected the new iPhone to a USB port in the car, and waited breathlessly. It didn’t take more than a few seconds to answer the phone, the charging logo was displayed on the screen.
David was incredible as he flew about three hours to Atlanta, and even more so when the phone kept working for the next few days. No damage was done to the iPhone X, which survived more than 11,000 feet.
“It wasn’t about the 00 1,500 I would spend on a new iPhone,” writes David. “It was really about adventure and intellectual curiosity as to whether we could find it and what it would be like to fall off a plane.”
Whether David’s story is a testament to OtterBox’s endurance, or the iPhone itself, is a difficult question in itself.
The iPhone X landed on hard, dry soybean dirt, he says, after David’s estimate, after reaching a terminal speed of at least 200 miles per hour during his free fall. The iPhone model in question features both the front of the glass and the side of the glass, which is attached to a stainless steel frame, reinforced by its seemingly integral box case – miraculously strong enough to fall from the sky. He could have avoided a stain even after falling.