No matter how many upgrades people get, they still drop their phones. And if your latest upgrade was for the iPhone X – you may be broke in more ways than one. Almost immediately after the phone became available Friday, several klutzy Apple consumers took to Twitter and other social media outlets to complain that the iPhone X breaks after even the most minor of drops. If you don't want to watch dozens of slow-motion test videos on YouTube, a link to a few are below. Most drops from eye-level (around 6 feet) are where the phones have traditionally begun to shatter.
Ladies and gentleman, we have entered the next stage of the iPhone 8 rumor cycle. Instead of concepts, diagrams and design leaks, there are now photos of an actual device. Prolific leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted images of a purported "dummy" iPhone 8 which means it looks pretty much the same as the final device, but it's just an empty shell, with nothing inside. SEE ALSO: The next iPhone might have a new name... and it's kind of lame The photos show the device from all angles, and it does adhere to most of the rumors we've heard about the next iPhone: Two uninterrupted panes of glass with a stainless steel frame in between. There's a vertically-oriented rear camera on the back, and the fingerprint sensor is nowhere to be seen, implying that it's located on the front, under the glass.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have glass backs that, if smashed, cost more to replace than the screen. The new plates, which bring glass to the back of Apple smartphones for the first time in four years, have been installed to enable wireless charging, but also introduce a new point of failure. Apple says that its glass covering the screen and the back of the iPhone 8 is "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone", although the company has not divulged precisely how it comes to that determination and just how much more durable it is compared to Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, used on rival smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8. How durable the glass actually is should become apparent when users inevitably begin dropping their £700-plus smartphones. The metal reinforcement of the glass back panel represents part of Apple's durability efforts.
Apple fans who waited until the wee hours Friday morning were rewarded with promises of early iPhone X delivery times. The wait for Apple's new iPhone looks to be a long one. More: iPhone 8 seems to have an iPhone X problem. After what appeared to be a roughly 10-minute delay, Apple's online store began taking pre-orders for its new iPhone X. As was expected, the initial batch of pre-orders for the phone, which starts at $999 for the 64GB model or $1,149 for the 256GB version, quickly sold out.
Over the last couple of weeks, the price of AppleCare has gone up for Plus model iPhones and screen repair for the 6s and newer models has gotten $20 more expensive. However, while screen replacements for phones under AppleCare warranty are still $29, that's not the case for replacing the back glass of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, according to AppleInsider. A number of Apple employees have told AppleInsider that the back glass isn't covered under screen repair and is instead qualified as "other damage," the fee for which is $99. This is likely because removing the glass back is markedly more difficult than swapping out a screen. Unlike the front glass, the back glass is glued in really well, requiring much more effort to remove.