September 22nd, 2023 at 5:45 p.m. by Jusuf Hatic – The iPhone 15 Pro advertises a titanium housing, which is supposed to give the new Apple smartphone an elegant look – but is it also stable? A YouTuber has now investigated this question.
The iPhone 15 Pro will officially go on sale this Friday, September 22nd. The first reviews of the new generation of Apple smartphones had already been read in the previous days, highlighting, among other things, the feel of the Pro model, which was recently equipped with titanium alloy. YouTuber Sam Kohl from the Appletrack channel has now discovered that the choice of material for the iPhone 15 Pro does not only bring advantages. He traveled to Australia specifically for the iPhone 15 release so that he could be one of the first to hold the smartphone in his hands. The goal: A drop test should show how durable the titanium housing of the iPhone 15 Pro actually is.
Kohl carried out the drop test in comparison with the previous model in the form of the iPhone 14 Pro. The result is logically understandable: While the iPhone 15 Pro had several cracks and breaks in the display, the predecessor worked perfectly – although individual, bearable scratches can be seen on the back of the stainless steel housing. The camera casing also completely detached from the iPhone 15 Pro’s housing after the falls; The 14 model, on the other hand, continues its service undeterred.
The reason for the different results can be located in the selected material. The titanium alloy of the iPhone 15 Pro is more rigid than the previously used stainless steel, which leads to poorer impact distribution from the point of impact in the event of a fall. The iPhone 14 Pro used for comparison is much better able to distribute the forces across the entire frame and to cushion the consequences to a certain extent.
Speaking of frames: According to Kohl, the fact that Apple uses a curved frame for the iPhone 15 Pro is also a major weak point that leads to the poor results – Apple urgently needs to rework this. At least Apple’s repair costs have been reduced. A broken back in the Pro model only costs 199 euros or 229 euros in the Pro Max model. The previous generation required a cost estimate of 599 or 669 euros for the same type of repair.