Last year’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro were tested against each other in a new drop test that measures how durable Apple’s premium devices are. The drop test video shared by YouTuber Sam Kohl shows that the iPhone 14 Pro passed the drop test better than the latest iPhone 15 Pro. The black glass of the latest iPhone broke on the fifth fall, while the iPhone 14 Pro remained in almost perfect condition until the last drop. This year’s iPhone 15 Pro has rounded titanium edges that replace the stainless steel material of its predecessor. Read on to find out how the iPhone 15 Pro and its predecessor performed in the drop tests.
AppleTrack’s Sam Kohl released a 13-minute video on YouTube that discusses multi-round drop testing to rigorously examine how well the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro tolerate drops from different heights. The YouTuber initially threw two phones from waist height and they turned out fine with no major scratches. The iPhone 15 Pro developed cracks in the back panel on the fifth drop, and the rear camera panel started showing dents and scratches at level six. However, the iPhone 14 Pro suffered no damage even on the sixth fall.
The video highlights that rounded titanium edges cannot withstand the crushing impact of the latest device. The back and edge of the iPhone 15 are seen as more susceptible to damage than those of the iPhone 14 Pro. It could have something to do with the fact that the iPhone 14 Pro has a stainless steel frame, while the new device comes with a new titanium covering.
Successive drops caused increasing damage to the back panel and edges of the iPhone 15 Pro. In fact, the lower display malfunctioned and became unusable on the 13th fall when it was thrown from a height of about 15 feet. The iPhone 14 Pro held up well when dropped on a concrete surface at this level, with no visible cracks in the screen or rear window.
At the end of the drop test, the entire rear camera module of the Phone 15 Pro broke and separated from the device’s body during the 14th drop. The iPhone 14 Pro, on the other hand, remained functional, even though it cracked completely on the front and back. Even after multiple drops, the camera worked fine on the iPhone 14 Pro without any cracks on the camera island and the screen responded perfectly to touch input. The YouTuber notes that the iPhone 14 Pro has survived much better than the iPhone 15 Pro.
You can watch the drop test video below:
However, a drop test cannot decide whether a device is durable or not. The iPhone 15 Pro is currently on sale in India and another 40 countries around the world. As the new device reaches more hands in the coming days, users can analyze whether the titanium construction is a better choice.
The iPhone 15 Pro price starts at Rs. 1,39,900 for the base 128GB storage model in India. It is currently available for purchase in the country through Apple’s online store, Apple BKC, Saket, e-commerce websites and official stores.