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iPhone 7 gets scratched, bent and burned in brutal new video

by Jacob Kleinman | September 16, 2016September 16, 2016 10:20 am PST

Can the iPhone 7 stand up to a knife? How about an open flame? Can you bend it like the iPhone 6 Plus? Find out the answer to all those questions and more in the latest cringe-inducing video from YouTuber JerryRigEverything.

The video starts with a series of scratch tests for the main glass display, which is on a par with most current smartphones. Keys and coins won’t damage the iPhone 7’s screen, but harder materials can still leave a scratch. The same goes for the new virtual home button and camera lens, suggesting they’re both covered in the same protective glass rather than a tougher material like sapphire glass.

The back of the iPhone 7 in matte black holds up fine to scratches from a set of keys but gets totally destroyed by a regular knife (Apple’s said the Jet Black iPhone is even easier to scratch). The metal buttons on the side of the device also scratch under the knife, as does the new LED flash.

JerryRigEverything also holds up a flame to the iPhone 7 display, causing the pixels to overheat and shut off automatically. It leaves a temporary black splotch on the device. However, the pixels quickly cool down and switch back on and pretty soon the smartphone screen looks just like new.

As for the bend test, the iPhone 7 performs just fine. It flexes a bit under pressure but quickly snaps back to its original shape afterward. However, it looks like bending the device could tear the adhesive used to keep water from getting between the display and the metal frame.

Finally, JerryRigEverything offers an interesting new argument against Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack. He notes that the Lightning port is only designed to withstand a certain number of uses before it eventually wears out. That’s likely a very high number, but if you’re using the port for both charging and your headphones, you may reach it a lot sooner.

He adds that he’s working on a second video focused directly on this issue, which should be coming out soon. We’ll let you know when that video arrives and what it reveals.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...