The first thought that enters your head after dropping an iPhone and cracking the screen is not usually “Wow, it's so beautiful!” Actually, it might be more common to hear a string of obscenities. However, Wired magazine recently sent out a request for readers to send in “artsy” photos of a smartphone or tablet with a cracked screen. We have to add that iResQ sees plenty of interesting cracked screens as well.
“Dropping your phone and cracking the screen sucks. But it can lead to an amazing fusion of art and technology,” wrote Wired's Roberto Baldwin. He later added, “Cracks, chips, complete obliteration – if it's broken, we want to see it. We'll gather the best photos and present them here for all to enjoy.”
People can participate in Wired's project by sending in a photo of their broken device accompanied by a story of how the device was broken and how the screen damage has altered the way the device is used.
“Has it been retired to the junk drawer or are you still carefully tapping out messages to your friends while trying to decipher whether you're supposed to meet at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.[?]” Baldwin wrote.
An unbreakable iPhone screen
The most recent iPhone models have used Corning's Gorilla Glass, which is a particularly strong glass that is supposed to increase protection on phones. Gorilla Glass has made a number of advancements over the years, continually making their glass stronger and more resistant to cosmetic damage like scratches as well. There have even been rumors that the next iPhone model will be made with sapphire, which, according to Android Authority, is the second hardest material next to the diamond, with an extremely high melting point of 2,030 degrees Celsius. However, it's fair to say that the day when precious gemstones are used to make indestructible devices is still a ways off, and even the strongest glass can still be broken.
Shattering or cracking an iPhone's screen is a particularly common incident, and iResQ receives many of these types of repairs. Wired's project is a good way to get you thinking about your device's condition. If you have an old iPhone with a cracked screen just sitting in a drawer, this could signal an optimal time to snap a photo for your art album and then send it to iResQ for our iPhone screen repair services.