The glass front of the new iPhone is much more resistant than that of the old ones. This is what an American YouTube channel demonstrates in a “Drop test” video to assess the resistance of the “Ceramic Shield” treatment so much touted by Apple for the screens of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
Apple finally seems to have found the beginnings of a solution to the plague of broken screens after a bad fall. In a video, EverythingApplePro is testing the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in different drop settings. If the frame of the two devices suffers, as well as their backs (in “traditional” glass) and certain internal components, the “Ceramic Shield” treatment of the facade for its part resists shocks much longer.
It will indeed take several falls from a height of 3 meters, with impact on a concrete floor, for the first cracks to appear on the facade. The resistance of the screen, four times greater than last year according to Apple, very proud of its new treatment based on nano-ceramic crystals, seems to be demonstrated.
The front of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro is more resistant, but their backs remain very vulnerable
The other parts of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro remain significantly more vulnerable, even if the steel frame of the iPhone 12 Pro is a little more robust than the aluminum frame of the iPhone 12, which is quite quickly subject to deformation. . The falls are also bad for the internal components of the two iPhones.
The OLED panels of the devices indeed display dead pixels after falling several times, while the photo modules (by essence fragile) very badly withstand repeated collisions. In the video, the main sensor of the iPhone 12 thus simply ceases to function after a fall of 3 meters. On another video, this time published by the PhoneBuff channel, this same sensor ends up being cracked after several falls to 1.5 meters in height.
Note, however, that the glass backplates of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are still as fragile as last year. Buying a protective shell is therefore preferable. In some cases, like the one reported by AndroidPolice reporter Max Weinbach, the back of the iPhone 12 Pro would suffer from structural flaws that could lead to the appearance of cracks without prior impact. It remains to be seen whether this is related to a widespread design issue or a weakness specific to just a few faulty devices.
What in the actual fuck. My phone didn’t fall, drop, or do anything anywhere. I literally placed it on a table face down and when I look at it, the glass is broken.
I’m fine admitting when I break something, this WAS NOT me. pic.twitter.com/b6alnPpxVs
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) October 24, 2020