Apple Inc. Warns iPhone X Display Is Not Immune From OLED Issues


The response to the iPhone X has been largely positive, but as this is a new fork in the road for Apple in terms of design, there are going to be issues and compromises that will take another generation or two to solve.

Shot Test: Meant to simulate a phone falling off the roof of a auto, the shot test showed that the iPhone X is prone to damage from a variety of drops. Combined with the rapid sell out of pre-sale inventory and a return to long lines outside Apple Stores for the iPhone X launch on Friday, AAPL stock hit new record highs on Friday morning.

In a statement, Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director at SquareTrade said "Despite Apple's claims that their glass is the most durable ever in a smartphone, the iPhoneX is the most breakable iPhone we've ever tested".

The handset is described as "incredibly solid" after the customary series of torture tests, with premium stainless steel sides and a mostly glass construction that's impervious to daily scratches. In contrast, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus racked up "just" 67 and 74 points respectively, and even the Galaxy Note 8 stood at a significantly better 80 total.

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Side and Back Drop Tests: Remarkably, the side drop did the most internal damage to the phone. Internal brackets, spot welds and foam hold the front-facing cameras firmly in place so they can pull off delicate features like Portrait Mode, and the rear-facing Face ID camera technology comes out of the display when it's separated, making the OLED display replaceable without fiddling with the cameras embedded within it. He also burnt the phone with a cigarette lighter and attempted to bend it, but concluded that the iPhone X is indeed a solidly-build handset that's hard to damage without deliberately trying to do so.

Dunk Test: The iPhone X faired similar to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, surviving 30 minutes under five feet of water with some audio muffling during playback.

SquareTrade's iPhone X Breakability Test results.

Tumble Test:Sixty seconds in the Tumble Bot was no friend to the iPhone X either. Still, you absolutely shouldn't count on this fragile beaut surviving a single drop onto a hard surface, so once again, do not forget to get a case. All of which may be why Apple is charging a whopping $279 for front screen replacement and $549 for other repairs. Do you buy accidental damage insurance on your smartphones?