What is going to it take to crack the glass on the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional? That is the query I am asking myself after placing these telephones via eight completely different drop exams, every time onto exhausting concrete. Strive as I would, the glass on these telephones simply would not crack. However that does not imply the telephones have been damage-free.
At Apple’s September occasion, Kaiann Drance, senior director of product advertising and marketing mentioned the iPhone 11 glass is the “hardest ever in a smartphone, on the back and front.” We all know that cup is custom-made for the iPhone by Corning, the corporate behind Gorilla Glass.
iPhone 11: How powerful is the glass?
It is not the primary time Apple has made such claims. Final 12 months, advertising and marketing chief Phil Schiller mentioned the iPhone XS had “probably the most sturdy glass ever constructed right into a smartphone.” We dropped the telephone 4 occasions onto the sidewalk and the display did not crack.
The iPhone XR, nonetheless, wasn’t so fortunate. On the fourth drop, the display cracked.
We determined to vary issues up with this 12 months’s drop check. Our check zone was a concrete ground and to make the drops as constant as doable, CNET Managing Producer Chris Parker constructed a system that helped every telephone fall straight on the display or on the again. Whereas the drop machine did not assure the telephones would land within the desired place each time, it did assist us check in a managed means.
The iPhone 11 Professional in mid-air on its remaining drop.
Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET
After all, these exams weren’t scientific, however they do give us an concept of how the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional fare when dropped and not using a case.
After every drop, I checked:
The display for scratches or cracksThe again and digital camera for scratches or cracksIf the display nonetheless workedIf the digital camera nonetheless labored
Here is what occurred.
Drop 1: three toes on the display and the again
For the primary drop I positioned the iPhone 11 to land display aspect down. Falling from three toes, which is about hip (or pocket) peak, the telephone was not broken in any respect when it landed on the display.
The iPhone 11 Professional gave the identical end result. There was no seen injury and the whole lot nonetheless labored as anticipated.
I repeated the drop with each telephones, besides this time they fell on their backs. Identical as once they fell screen-side down, there was no injury to report.
Drop 2: 6 toes on the display and the again
For the following spherical of drops we took the machine to six toes and repeated the identical drops.
The iPhone 11 had no injury in any respect when dropped on the display or the again.
However the outcomes have been just a little completely different for the iPhone 11 Professional. After it fell display down on the primary drop, I might see a small space of discolored or broken pixels in direction of the underside of the display. There have been no cracks on the glass itself, nonetheless, and the display nonetheless labored as regular.
The broken pixels on the iPhone 11 Professional display.
Drop three: eight toes on the display and again
I wished to take these telephones even greater, so we set our machine to its restrict: eight toes and 7 inches.
Dropping the iPhone 11 on its display, the glass once more didn’t crack. However when dropping it on its again, it sustained some injury: a minor scuff on the aluminum bumper and a beauty scratch on the highest lens housing. The digital camera itself nonetheless labored.
The iPhone 11 Professional fell on its display first and added a number of extra small broken pixels, this time greater up on the display. Just like the iPhone 11, it had some minor beauty injury to the digital camera housing.
Beauty injury to the lens housing on the iPhone 11 Professional.
Whereas it is unlikely that you’d drop your telephone any greater than this, we took it to the following degree — these telephones have been nonetheless usable and the glass did not present any indicators of cracking.
Last drop: 11 toes
For the ultimate spherical, we dismantled the machine and reassembled it as excessive as we might take it: 11 toes.
I solely dropped the telephones as soon as from this peak, screen-side down. The iPhone 11 fell first on a nook, flipped, then landed display aspect down. The iPhone 11 Professional fell first on its aspect, flipped and landed on its again.
Once more, the glass didn’t break on both of the 2 telephones — on the entrance or again. The iPhone 11’s rear digital camera stopped working altogether and simply confirmed a black display after I opened the Digital camera app, though the TrueDepth digital camera was superb. I restarted the telephone simply to double-check and the digital camera nonetheless confirmed a black display.
The iPhone 11 Professional’s SIM card tray popped out when it landed however I used to be capable of push it again in. Then, I ran my finger across the fringe of the telephone and felt a small bulge the place the display didn’t sit completely flush with the chrome steel body. There was additionally an space of discoloration in the back of the telephone (click on to enlarge the photograph under).
After the ultimate drop.
Does that imply the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional glass is stronger than earlier iPhones? That is a troublesome name to make provided that our earlier exams weren’t performed in the identical means. But it surely does present that this 12 months’s telephones can stand up to much more drops onto concrete than we have been anticipating.
Whereas neither of the telephones cracked like we have seen in earlier years, they did not emerge completely unscathed: the iPhone 11 Professional had some broken pixels and the iPhone 11’s rear digital camera stopped working after our remaining drop.
I reached out to Apple for extra data and the corporate offered the next assertion: “iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Professional each are constituted of the hardest glass ever shipped within the smartphone business on the back and front. iPhone 11 options an aerospace-grade aluminum band and iPhone 11 Professional options a chrome steel structural band. All undergo rigorous real-world testing and are designed to be sturdy, however not indestructible. If anybody is worried about dropping their iPhone and damaging it, we recommend utilizing one of many many lovely instances out there to guard iPhone.”
I wasn’t the one one who examined out the iPhone 11 Professional and located the glass did not break when dropped from excessive heights. EverythingApplePro obtained related outcomes when dropping the telephones from 10ft. Nevertheless, the glass did break on his remaining drop, possible as a result of one telephone landed on prime of the opposite.
For the last word peace of thoughts, we nonetheless suggest placing a case in your telephone, as getting it repaired if the glass does crack will be costly: as much as $329 for the display or $599 for the again if you do not have AppleCare+ protection.