iPhone 4 "Gorilla Glass" Cracked Already!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ridiculous, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. ridiculous macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2010
    I know this sounds odd but I literally woke up this morning and saw this:


    I was using the phone last night and it was pristine, put it in my bedside table, woke up this morning, picked up the phone, saw the crack. It's had the bumper on it since day 1.

    I already setup a swap at the Apple store but I just wanted to post here, this stuff is fragile! Be careful, glass is glass apparently, no matter what Apple says.
  2. dertbv macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
  3. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    It's a black Apple bumper.

    So your phone just cracked on it's own? That's hard to believe.
  4. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    That s the black bumper by apple...
  5. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    Most likely slid off the table or desk or whatever, or got knocked off while the OP was sleeping (sleepwalker? iPhone destroyer?), no idea.

    Not the first report of such an instance: "I went to bed with the phone on the dresser/table/night stand next to my bed, woke up and found it on the floor" etc.

    And I doubt it'll be the last, either. :(
  6. ridiculous thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2010
    Yea it is, trust me, it's incredibly hard to believe but I assure you, true. The "start" of the crack looks like it pulled away from the back a touch. My guess is that the pressure of the metal band around the glass combined with it pulling away from the backing forced the crack. You can't feel anything when rubbing your finger over it, so it cracked from underneath.
  7. woofermazing macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    An exposed glass edge was the worst idea ever.
  8. ridiculous thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2010
    Nope, sits inside my bedside table, I went to bed put it in there, woke up got it out. No sleepwalking, nobody else touched it, I know it's hard to believe, but it's true, plus you can see from the images the phone was never dropped, there is not one scratch on the phone. Stop disbelieving, and just start protecting your phone, preferably NOT with an Apple bumper.
  9. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
  10. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    The edge of the glass isn't exposed. It's surrounded by about 1mm of black plastic.
  11. oghowie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
  12. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Indeed. Although this "Gorilla glass" is supposedly of the same type used in helicopters and high-speed trains, it's rather brittle. Cell phones potentially take a lot of abuse & so for one that is sandwiched between two pieces of crack-prone glass, it's essential to get a good case!

    I'm waiting for the Defender from Otterbox. In the interim I'm using the Belkin Grip Vue which is only a slight improvement over Apple's 29$ rubber band.
  13. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    I'm still waiting for someone to do this with an iPhone 4:


    Any takers? :D

    And make note: the 5" display on the Dell Streak - because of it's size - is more susceptible to breaking because of this type of demo since it has a far larger surface area. The smaller screen size of the iPhone 4 should be stronger... of course this is full on bashing to death of the display but, even so.

    I honestly believe that if I whipped out a Bic pen and did this test on the iPhone 4 I've got sitting here it would shatter on the first impact... I honestly do believe that.
  14. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    It's interesting how everyone is calling the glass "Gorilla glass" when Apple never stated what type or who made it.

    Has it been confirmed by anyone that the glass is actually "Gorilla glass" or are people just going to keep using that term because it sounds good? :confused:
  15. Nahmeanz macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Your screen cracked with a bumper on it while sitting inside your bedside table? That's incredibly hard to believe, but Apple is being really easy with courtesy exchanges. My sister dropped her phone on the 4th from her lap onto an asphalt driveway and her screen got smashed, I brought it to the Apple Store and they replaced it no questions asked.
  16. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I can believe it. My Macbook Pro's glass did that a little over a year ago. Woke up one morning and had a crack similiar to that in the glass of my MBP.
  17. citivolus macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
  18. ridiculous thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2010
    I'm waiting for the otterbox defender also, although the iPad cases aren't even out yet, who knows how many more cracked iPhones I have to go through before they finally release the defender for iPhone 4 ;)
  19. rookie1082 macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    People are just calling it that to give their units something positive in lieu of the negative press regarding the hardware build of the phone. Fact is, it's NOT gorilla glass -- otherwise Apple would have said it was. It's a cheap knockoff that breaks easily.

    Apple could venture into the dessert business and sell a cannoli made out of poop, and people would say they reinvented it and made it better. Ah well, Just how most Apple consumers function.


    Gorilla glass - LOL!
  20. ridiculous thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2010
    Yea I'm sure they won't give me any issues and honestly I would tell them if it dropped, I have Apple Care and with the bumper I still wouldn't think this would happen. So even if I dropped it I'm sure they would swap it. But again I didn't drop it, well I "set" it, so I guess it was "dropped" about 2cm to the bottom of my drawer :)
  21. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    I know. It needs to stop as the glass is NOT "gorilla glass". Same with the "death grip" reception issue. There is nothing "death grip" about it. Whoever is coining these phrases needs to be fired.
  22. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    I guess they should have spent the extra couple of dollars and put in reL gorrilla glass.
  23. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    My biggest gripe about the glass is:

    Why the hell did they even say "30x stronger than plastic"? Who cares about plastic? :)

    Would have made some sense to say "it's 30% more resistant to scratching than the glass on the iPhone 3GS" or something of a similar manner, but plastic?

    Who writes this stuff for Apple? :D
  24. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Marketing people write it to create awe and generate hype :eek:
  25. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Well, your signal does die. :D

    Maybe it should be called grip of death, which sounds like a cool martial arts move. Or for us dorks, Vulcan nerve pinch.

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