When Apple announced the new iPhone 12 range, there was a lot to be excited about.
As usual, the company managed to deliver a host of new features, including a 12-megapixel ultrawide rear camera, 5G capabilities, and a convenient new charging system that will end the days of you wandering around your mate’s house looking for a two-pronged plug socket.
The feature that really caught my attention, however, was the new screen with a ‘Ceramic Shield’ glass cover aimed at making it more durable.
Despite my best efforts, my trusty iPhone, which has been with me for the better part of almost three years, has taken more than a few tumbles.
Most recently, it did an Olympic-level triple flip off the side of the couch. The bottom left corner now looks like it’s harbouring spiders.
The new ‘Ceramic Shield’ promises to fix all that, so obviously people started throwing the iPhone 12 around to see if it really is all that Apple says it is.
CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana put it to the test – a few tests, actually.
Let’s see how it fared.
The Pocket/Handbag Tumble
Into your pocket or handbag goes the iPhone along with any number of items that can do it harm, like keys, makeup, pens, that thing you found, coins, and so on:
I shook the bag vigorously for about 30 seconds to simulate what happens after a few weeks of bouncing around in a purse or pocket before inspecting it.
After removing the phone and wiping it down, not a single scratch was evident.
You’ve placated your toddler with an episode of Peppa Pig on the old iPhone, the child left it on the ground, and you’ve accidentally booted it across the room.
I slid the iPhone 12 back and forth 10 times on a textured ceramic tile, first along the screen, then on the back of the phone.
The back of the phone turned out to be less durable, but that is easily fixed with a phone cover. The screen came out of this completely unscathed.
This one made a mark, but seriously – if you’re rubbing your iPhone with sandpaper you need to rethink your life choices.
Even so, it left a few lines, but not enough that the screen was seriously damaged.
Drop test: 3ft. screen side down onto a hard surface
The most common iPhone drop is from hip-height while you’re trying to put it back in or pull it out of a pocket or bag.
When dropped from hip height, the top of the iPhone 12 hit the ground first, then the bottom. Then it bounced in the air once more before landing flat on the sidewalk, screen side down as intended.
No damage to the screen. Nice.
Drop test: 6ft, screen side down onto a hard surface
It looked like the screen was cracked, but when rubbed with a cloth, it turned out to just be debris from the ground.
More tests were conducted, which you can watch in action, here:
The bottom line is that you really have to try if you want to damage the screen on this thing.
That’ll do Apple.
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