The Allstate Protection Plans insurance service recently conducted an annual durability test that puts unfortunate iPhones through a series of falling strings in the name of science. The latest round evaluates Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models.
After a round of testing designed to simulate common accidental damage scenarios, Allstate Protection Plans found that the durability of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is almost identical to that of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
The company used a specialized platform to achieve fairly consistent results when throwing the iPhone on the concrete pavement.
Apple’s iPhone 13 survived the first fall face down with six feet, but its screen shielded by a ceramic shield cracked in the corners on the second fall. Scratches on the aluminum frame of the handset were visible near the impact area. The same test performed on the iPhone 13 Pro found that the screen of the heavier handset cracked on the first drop, with damage that lifts parts of the glass. Identical results were recorded with both variants of the iPhone 13 in a protective leather case.
By comparison, in last year’s test, it was the result of a single crash that resulted in a cracked screen on the iPhone 12 and severe screen damage on the iPhone 12 Pro. The company has not assessed the effectiveness of cases in 2020.
Moving on to crash tests, the iPhone 13 survived two crashes and on the third showed camera damage and a crack in the corner. The wide-angle and telephoto lens of the iPhone 13 Pro and the rear window shattered in the first fall. Interestingly, the iPhone 13-protected case went through two drops before experiencing a cracked camera, while the iPhone 13 Pro-covered case did not damage it in three consecutive discharges.
Last year, the iPhone 12 showed frayed corners and edges after a single crash, while the iPhone 12 Pro was broken in performance similar to the iPhone 13 Pro.
All in all, the new phones proved to be just as durable as last year’s models, which should come as no surprise given that the design is largely unchanged, except for a larger range of cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro and a slight increase in range and weight.
As with most drop tests, the findings of all state protection plans are more theater than science. Real-world performance depends on a multitude of variables, from fall height to impact angle and surface material. However, the use of a well-designed housing adds an extra layer of protection that could help avoid costly repairs.
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