This has never happened before. iPhone 15 Pro Max totally fails the durability test

20. 09. 2023 | Kristýna Bezděková

One of the major and well-publicised improvements to this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max was a new frame made from durable Class 5 titanium. The device succumbed to its injuries pretty quickly, marking the first time in 10 years that an iPhone has failed the test.

As usual, the test started with the durability of the display, which is made of durable Ceramic Shield glass. The first scratches began to appear at level 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which is such a classic for quality devices. Deeper scratches then appeared at level 7. However, Jerry noted that he found the surface scratches to be less noticeable than before. This would give the iPhone 15 Pro Max an improvement in glass durability.

But where it definitely did not improve is in the very next discipline, which was the device bend test. When applying minimal pressure, within 5 seconds there was a snap and the glass back of the device cracked. It even got to the glass protrusion where the device’s cameras reside in addition to the back. So in real life situations, the back is not nearly as durable as advertised. All it takes is for your phone to get snagged and you’re dead.

Jerry himself is so shocked by the event and the overall durability of the device that he declares the test a failure and the iPhone 15 Pro Max fails. However, he also advises that users can have the back glass replaced. Since it is now modular, it costs almost twice as much to replace.

The video then concludes with the smaller iPhone 15 Pro, which was curiously subjected to the same pressure in a bend test. Compared to its larger and more expensive version, nothing happened and not a single crack or any other sign of damage appeared on the back of the device.


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Kristýna Bezděková

Kristýna is a student of marketing and communication in an undergraduate program. She writes and translates content into the Czech language


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