Last week, renowned YouTuber JerryRigEverything discovered that the back glass of the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be easily cracked by bending it with bare hands. This raised concerns among many people about the durability of this new iPhone model compared to its predecessors. In a recent test, Consumer Reports, a trusted media outlet, conducted a more scientific durability test and found that the iPhone 15 Pro Max did not crack under the pressure applied during their experiment.
The design of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max features an edge-to-edge display and a frosted glass back with a stainless steel frame. The aluminum frame is fused with titanium on the inside. However, what raises eyebrows is the delicate curved edge where the titanium meets the glass, which may have a higher tendency to break or crack compared to the flat edge design of the iPhone 14 Pro.
Consumer Reports conducted their test using a compression machine that applies a force of 100 pounds, which is the same method used to test the iPhone 6 back in 2014. They found that the iPhone 15 Pro Max could bend under this force but regained its shape afterward, without any visible cracks.
In addition, Consumer Reports also tested the iPhone 15 Pro Max by dropping it onto a stone surface 100 times consecutively. Surprisingly, the iPhone 15 Pro Max survived this impact test and showed no signs of damage.
It’s important to note that this single test conducted by Consumer Reports may not be a conclusive measure of the iPhone’s overall durability, as other tests may be required. However, it does indicate that JerryRigEverything’s video is not fake or misleading in any way.
TLDR: The iPhone 15 Pro Max’s durability was called into question after JerryRigEverything’s video demonstrated its back glass could be easily cracked. However, Consumer Reports conducted a scientific test and found that the iPhone 15 Pro Max did not crack under pressure. The unique design of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, with its curved edge between titanium and glass, may raise concerns about its durability. Further testing is needed to fully evaluate the durability of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.