iPhone 4 falls 1,000 feet from airplane, survives without a scratch

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  1. Schweitzer macrumors regular

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    "While leaning out of an airplane looking for landmarks, Walker’s Velcro pocket flap popped open and his iPhone 4 plummeted to the earth below. At the time, the plane was traveling at 150 m.p.h at an altitude of roughly 1,000 feet.
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    they found the smartphone in perfect working condition without a scratch on it. Walker kept his iPhone in a standard Griffin case and it had no other casing or special protection at the time of its fall."

    http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/23/iphone-4-falls-1000-feet-from-airplane-survives-without-a-scratch/
     
  2. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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  3. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    Something probably broke the fall, nothing too extraordinary.
     
  4. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Chances are it did not fall onto some sort of hardscape, like asphalt.

    It could have easily fell into a soft patch of grass and been unscathed.
     
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    In other news, a woman in Perth reports she dropped an iPhone 3 feet onto the floor, shattering the display. :rolleyes:
     
  9. xAnthony macrumors 65816

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    Apart from all the smart asses, I already read about this story and I found it pretty cool. Not something you see everyday.

    Let's throw you out of a plane and see if something breaks your fall.
     
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  11. weespeed macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm. Time to do some calculations.
    Need to find terminal velocity of a 137gram object. Gravity is the only force acting on it. 150 mph could be 1000mph. Wouldn't matter.

    Hmmm. Maybe call myth busters. Once we get terminal velocity. They can test iPhone 4 falling on different materials.
     
  12. scuzzbug macrumors member

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    How could this be true aha. I've had my phone replaced three times because I shattered the glass from dropping it maybe 1 metre at the most!
     
  13. xAnthony macrumors 65816

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    You gotta remember the phone most likely dropped on grass. The phone had a case. The grass also almost acts as a pillow on impact. It's not like concrete where the phone takes the full impact.
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Figures right:D
    That would be my luck.
     
  15. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    It may have hit some branches on the way down.
     
  16. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    So, you want to fall 1000 feet on grass and see how well that cushions you? I agree that would be easier than concrete, but I think at 1000 feet, anything save super cushioning designed to cushion a fall like that is still pretty impressive that the iphone survived falling on.

    See above reply about how it landing on almost anything save cushioning designed for falls is impressive from a 1000 feet fall.
     
  17. mclide macrumors newbie

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    I'm sure grass is a lot more comforting than concrete.

    I'm doubtful, but I believe it. (But is it really relevant? Who is ever 1000 in the air and at risk of dropping their phone?)
     
  18. xAnthony, Mar 24, 2011
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    A phone and a human are two completely different things and I can't believe you just compared them. If I kicked you out of a plane and you hit the ground you would splatter. Remember, you also weigh let's say 200 pounds. (could be more or less for all I know) anyways... The iPhone 4 weighs 137 grams. The impact is obviously a lot less than a human hitting the ground. It's not hard for something to have cushioned the fall. Strong wind currents could of pushed around the phone and even slowed it down as it got closer to the ground. The ground could of also been moist so the phone just sunk into the grass on impact. You really don't know...

    Here is an article of a man falling two miles out of a plane and SURVIVING when his parachute didn't open.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/17113222/ns/today/

    According to your post, anything is now possible.
     
  19. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Also very relevant. It's only going to go so fast.
     
  20. nicksmolenski macrumors regular

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    That would be awesome.....the first i-device feature on a show.
    If they could prove that it won't break Apple's sales would no doubt go up a bit. :D
     
  21. rwalk31 macrumors newbie

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    It was my phone

    For any of you doubting the story, it is 100% true. The iphone landed in the forest, on dirt and pine needles. If you exit an aircraft at 150 mph, you are already traveling at terminal velocity so wheather or not it reached it, there is your answer. I have an aftermarket metal backing and a Griffin TPU case on the phone. For the most accurate account, see TUAW or iLounge. There are a lot of "doubters" out there but I have no reason, nor the imagination to make this up....and I have about 30 eye-witnesses (all of the jumpers on board and my co-workers.) It is just a cool story of luck that I wanted to share.
     
  22. iMattcotv macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    In other news, new images of this exact location show a 1 acre area filled with pillows, locals say some idiot drops his device everyday and lies about incredible landings to get attention.

    Isnt this the same bluff that reported dropping a droid while skydiving??
     
  23. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So anyone else wants to throw their iphone out of a plane to see if this is for real?
     
  24. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    a simple f = ma, with mu should get you started.

    a = -9.1ms-1
     

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