Apple's announcement of two new iPhone models has opened discussions on the durability of the devices at a time when users may be considering iPhone glass repair for their older devices rather than paying for a new model that some reviewers have found may need repairs early on.
The iPhone 5C and 5S have very different looks and dramatically divergent price tags, but a cracked screen for either model will still require iPhone glass repair.The 5S is made of aluminum with a glass display and starts at $199, while the 5C costs $99 and has a plastic exterior reinforced by a steel frame, according to The Independent. The plastic casing promises to be less susceptible to scratches and scuffs than other models.
The glass for the new devices is unchanged, however, and users may still have to consider iPhone repair in the future, Douglas McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street wrote in USA Today.
“The new iPhone does not have a much stronger case or screen,” McIntyre wrote. “Either can be broken almost as easily as a glass, when dropped from an even modest height. The fumble-fingered can find their fumbling expensive. Again, accessory makers have built products to protect the delicate iPhone. Apple has not even tried to make its flagship product physically invincible.”
Some users are not contented to merely rely on the word of a product reviewer and feel compelled to see firsthand whether extreme conditions can damage their devices to the point that an iPhone repair is impossible. Several videos that show iPhones being placed in conditions of extreme duress were recently compiled by CNET's Charlie Osborne. The videos show iPhones being smashed by car tires, blown up by fireworks, burned in a microwave oven and even dissolved in acid.
One video, in which a person attacked one of the devices with a kitchen knife, resulted in a network of cracks across the display and guaranteed that its owner would need an iPhone screen repair. In another, accessory manufacturer G-Form attached an iPhone clad in one of its cases to a balloon and sent it up 40,000 feet, where it encountered extreme cold before plummeting to earth. The video concluded with the test crew recovering the iPhone and turning it on successfully.
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