In a video of two smartphones being subjected to repeated, painful drops, the iPhone 15 Pro shows much less resistance than its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro.
The new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max differ in several ways, including the fact that they come with a titanium frame. The material is considered more noble than the stainless steel that has been used so far in their predecessors, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
The lightness of titanium has already been praised in tests, the feeling in the hand is indeed better. On the other hand, this change should also provide better resistance. However, drop test by Sam Kohl of the AppleTrack YouTube channel, clouded the picture.
iPhone 15 Pro, which breaks faster
The videographer drops two phones from different heights and several times onto a hard floor to test their stability. Needless to say, it is highly recommended not to reproduce this experience on your model. On the other hand, the video, while not purporting to be a strictly scientific test, does tend to show that the iPhone 15 Pro is less successful at preventing the glass from cracking on the front and back.
Note that both tortured iPhones in the video show good durability. On the other hand, the flat steel edges of the iPhone 14 Pro are better at absorbing shock. In contrast, the fresher, more rounded iPhone 15 Pro shows signs of weakness more quickly.
So, after some time, while the iPhone 14 Pro only has a few small bumps around the edges, the iPhone 15 Pro is more seriously damaged, with cracks appearing on the back and front glass plates.
Shocks are less absorbed
As noted 9to5Mac
, this can be explained by the fact that stainless steel is less rigid than titanium. So while titanium itself is indeed more resilient, the impact it takes is spread to other areas of the smartphone. Depending on the force of the impact and the location of the impact, the glass is damaged much more severely. As a result, cracks on the iPhone 15 Pro spread quite quickly, like a spider’s web, while on the iPhone 14 Pro they remain in a very small area.
Sam Kohl’s video is just over 13 minutes long. After a while, while there is no major damage to be regretted on the iPhone 14 Pro, its successor, the iPhone 15 Pro, actually sees the bottom half of its screen stop working and become covered in white pixels.
At the back, the surface covering the photoblock even detaches from the phone.
However, there is one area where the iPhone 15 Pro does better. Small marks that appear on its titanium frame after a fall can be erased with your thumb much more easily than on the steel iPhone 14 Pro.
On the other hand, keep in mind that this same titanium may temporarily change color on the iPhone 15 Pro when you’re not wearing a protective case.