Watch an iPhone 5 Fall 100,000 Feet and Survive [Video]

Jan 4, 2013 - 15 Comments

iPhone at 100,000 feet drop

G-Form, the makers of extreme protective cases for iPads, MacBooks, and iPhones, is demonstrating the effectiveness of their latest iPhone 5 case by sending a device 100,000′ into the atmosphere with a weather balloon, and then letting it free fall and crash land back to Earth. As you probably guessed, the device survives just fine, thanks to the impact absorbing shell of the Extreme case line, but even knowing that makes the video embedded below fun to watch:

G-Form has a knack for entertaining product demos, and they’ve thrown iPhones out of airplanes and tossed MacBooks out of two story windows, and done a similar 100,000 foot drop with an iPad. Obviously in each instance the device survives unscathed within the case,

Heads up to MacGasm for finding this one


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone


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  1. Dave K says:

    Where is the video? I just see a white region on this web page where the video is apparently supposed to be…

  2. Jason says:

    …until it lands on the pavement…

  3. Darrin K says:

    This video actually isn’t fake if you take the time to notice things. First, he never said it was an iPhone 5 that they were dropping. Just that it’s an iPhone 5 case. Plus the only differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch 5 gen. (which is what they actually used) is that the iPod is a millimeter and a half thinner. Second reason is that if you pause the video at the 1:32 mark, you get a glimpse of the front of the devise as it starts its free fall. You can clearly see it’s an iPod touch. (Just the camera in the center with no speaker or proximity sensor) Also what camera’s do you know of that will still work perfectly while being exposed to temperatures ranging from -40° to -60° Celsius. Malfunctions do happen sometimes :P

  4. Mr J says:

    Nice idea.

    Wonder if they dropped one (or more) that didn’t survive before releasing this one.

    Maybe not, as terminal velocity perhaps no more than around 80-100 mph, with the remains of the balloon acting as a drag chute.

  5. William says:

    Video cut out, can’t be trusted.

  6. maloon44 says:

    I think those guys make some wonderful products for sure !! And so useful too.. Every day when I took my plane or my parachute and I’m throwing iPads and iMacs to my wife and kids…now it’s perfectly safe ! Good job guys!

  7. Javier Alberto says:

    No is iPhone 5 is the iPod Touch 5th :S FAKE!

  8. Marko says:

    friction with the atmosphere does not disintegrate?

  9. Mai says:

    it’s a balloon man! just like when ur parachuting, would you drop on impact?

  10. J G B says:

    Surely the deflated balloon would have acted as a parachute and softened the impact.

  11. Will says:

    That’s an iPod.

  12. g_trooper says:

    If you ever knew how to properly hold your iPhone you would never even had accidental drops. It’s that simple

  13. Belinda says:

    Mine fell 2ft and smashed to pieces…..

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