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New drop test video shows how tough the iPhone 8 Plus is

Published Sep 22nd, 2017 6:25PM EDT
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7
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Like clockwork, the first iPhone 8 drop test video has already hit the web, just a few short hours after Apple’s next-gen smartphone hit store shelves. Put together by the folks over at EverythingApplePro, the video compares how well the iPhone 8 Plus withstands drops to the ground compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus.  While most iPhone torture tests are completely unnecessary, with this video of an iPhone 7 meeting molten aluminum being a prime example, drop tests are usually worth paying attention to because accidental drops is how most people tend to damage their device.

Though Apple’s iPhone 8 models may look similar to last year’s iPhone 7 lineup, there’s an important change in materials worth noting. As opposed to the iPhone 7 which featured an aluminum back, the iPhone 8 back is made out of glass, a design decision made to support the iPhone 8’s new wireless charging feature.

That said, the glass Apple uses on its iPhone 8 models is said to be a custom-design and incredibly resilient. Indeed, Apple boasts that the iPhone 8 features the “most durable glass” to ever appear in a smartphone.

Apple’s iPhone 8 product page reads in part: “The front and back feature custom glass with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer. A new steel substructure and a stronger, aerospace‑grade 7000 Series aluminum band provide additional reinforcement.”

But onto the video.

The first drop is at 3 feet and the iPhone 7 Plus cracks immediately whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is able to withstand the impact. As the tests go on, the back of the iPhone 8 Plus is more prone to cracking, but the display itself manages to hold up impressively well.

You can check out all of the drop test action below.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.