An iPhone 6 has been flown up to the edge of space and promptly “dropped” from a height of over 100,000ft. The iPhone managed to survive the ordeal with nothing more than a case protecting it.
This “drop test” was conducted by the folks over at Urban Armor Gear to test the durability of its composite iPhone case. A balloon was used to reach the dizzying height while the iPhone was attached to a flight rig. The balloon ruptured at about 101,000ft, after which the iPhone plummeted down back to Earth.
Although it wasn’t technically a drop test from space as a parachute was deployed in order to avoid making the iPhone a potentially lethal projectile, the phone did survive extremely cold temperatures and wind speed of over 100kmph. The iPhone 6 still works perfectly fine after it was recharged.
Hopefully (or not) this trend of sending phones up into the stratosphere won’t be something that catches on. Otherwise, we might be seeing more than a few phones getting lost from it. You can check out Urban Armor Gear’s range of cases over at its website.