In the first drop tests, Apple’s “Ceramic Shield” developed for the new iPhone generation has evidently proven itself. The iPhone 12 can withstand more than its predecessor, but it is not indestructible.
Just three years ago, Stiftung Warentest described the then top model iPhone X as the “Most fragile iPhone ever” – which in turn was not entirely true. With the iPhone 12, Apple now obviously wants to play it safe when it comes to resilience. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro (test) Thanks to the ceramic connection referred to by Apple as the “Ceramic Shield”, they are supposed to withstand damage four times as well as their predecessors.
iPhone 12: Better performance thanks to Ceramic Shield
According to testers, the better screen protection has definitely resulted in better performance. For example, the drop test carried out by the Allstate Protection Plans (Squareetrade) device insurance company showed that no smartphone has been destroyed as little as the iPhone 12. After all, Allstate Protection Plans has been carrying out its tests since 2013.
During the drop test with the display facing down, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were dropped from a height of 1.80 meters onto a hard sidewalk. The iPhone 12 had almost no damage, like Allstate Protection Plans notifies. The device had only a few small cracks and scratches on the edges. The slightly heavier Pro model hit it a bit harder – it suffered cracks in the lower half of the Ceramic Shield screen. The functionality did not suffer from the fall.
When dropped on the back, the iPhone 12 was also almost intact, although it has no ceramic protection on the back. The testers suspect that the high durability is due to the flat side construction. The iPhone 12 Pro also broke when it fell from a height of 1.80 meters. The iPhone 12 Pro then performed better in the side-drop test. Both Apple devices remained there on the sidewalk without any major damage.
iPhone 12 can withstand heavy pressure
The Youtubers have also dealt with the resilience of the new iPhone 12 devices Mobilereviews-EH and Everything-Apple-Pro. According to these tests, the iPhone 12 withstood almost 100 Newtons more than the iPhone 11 – 443 instead of 352. The newer model also withstood scratches much better. A drop test from a height of three meters resulted in breaks in the glass of the iPhone 12 Pro, but not the iPhone 12. On the back, the iPhone 12 Pro performed better than the iPhone 12.