We’ve all seen the YouTube videos of what happens to an iPhone when it’s dropped into an industrial strength blender. It blends. The blender Wins. Every. Time. Is it fun to watch an iPhone getting blended? In a bizarre sort of way, perhaps. But that was the start of more crazy tests to come. Would you do the same thing to your Mac?
Why Buy A Case?
Someone somewhere is always trying to get the attention they didn’t receive from classmates, neighborhood friends, or family members, and these are the sad souls who damage their iPhones on purpose, so let me consider that there’s mental case to be made.
SquareTrade is an extended warranty service provider for various electronic devices and they perform tests on iPhones and other devices to see what it takes to make ’em break. Hey. It’s an electronic device. It breaks. Don’t encourage anyone. In fact, stop it with the nonsense already.
I own an iPhone, a MacBook, an iPad, and an iMac (which, unlike the other devices, sits on a desk and does not proclaim to the world that “I can break!” My iPhone has a case to protect the device in case it gets dropped. My iPad has both a case and a sleeve and usually gets mobile in my backpack. Ditto for the MacBook. It has a neoprene case and if mobile, resides in the aforementioned backpack.
Why? These are valuable electronic devices that need protection so they will maintain proper functionality over their respective lifecycles.
The iPhones that blend, bend, and get tossed into water to test durability, strength, and water resistance are episodes of 1) entertainment, 2) a need to receive public attention, 3) outright jackassery, and 4) mostly stupidity.
Yes, under similar tests, a Mac will bend and break and suffer water damage if exposed to various and sundry elements in the same manner as iPhones. It’s a powerful electronic device and deserves care and consideration to maintain proper working order. It’s not a device you can or should use to destroy in front of a camera so you can attain 15-minutes of fame on YouTube.
It takes little effort to find such limited thinking here in New York where street crowds bare all kinds of people baring all kinds of theirselves. Stick an iPhone into a tight back butt pocket, sit down the wrong way, and something will give. It won’t be your butt. Likewise, passing a Mac around the office, handing an iPad or iPhone to a child who does not understand the value of anything except candy, and, well, stuff happens. I have friends who crack their iPhone screens every six months. Some are clumsy. The rest have children. That’s not a good combination for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
We Apple customers buy cases, sleeves, and backpacks for a reason, and high on that list should be the protection of our electronic devices when we travel from point A to point B. SquareTrade performed a number of tests on the new iPhone 7 and Samsung Note 7.
- Water: Both survived limited water dunking but speakers were impacted.
- Bend: iPhone 7 Plus bent at 180-pounds of pressure, the Note 7 cracked and stopped working at 180-pounds.
- Tumble: Like falling, but less hard impact. iPhone 7 Plus was scuffed and camera lens cracked, while the Note 7 suffered cracks everywhere.
- Drop: Do not try this at home. Both iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Note 7 cracked, split, and were rendered, well, broken after being dropped onto concrete.
No, none of the devices had a case to help reduce or prevent damage. Would a Mac fare better? No. Of course not. These are powerful electronic devices and they deserve some respect, consideration, and careful handling if you want them to last.
These are tests performed by a company that sells protection insurance so they have a vested interest in scaring smartphone and tablet owners into buying what they sell, and videos of blending, bending, and sinking iPhones might do the trick. Or, consider getting a good case, keep the iPhone out of a tight butt pocket, and handle it carefully.
Thankfully, the Mac doesn’t fit as well into a tight pocket.