As Apple continues to one-up itself every year or so with a slate of wildly powerful new phones packed with occasionally game-changing technology, it hasn't figured out how to out-engineer gravity just yet. Phones still fall from pockets and hands, and from beds and desks, only to have their screens cracked or shattered when they meet the cold kiss of concrete.
However, the company claims its latest two flagship phones -- the iPhone XS and XS Max -- are protected with "the most durable smartphone glass in the world." But just how durable is that glass when put to the test of everyday fumbles and falls? Rather than find out the hard way for yourself, a number of experts have already gone through the trouble of testing how they hold up, and we've assembled some of the most revealing insights.
Spoiler alert: investing in a phone case for these guys wouldn't be the worst idea.
They're stronger than the iPhone X, but still very much breakable
Most tests found the new devices to be more resilient against smacking into the ground than their predecessor, the iPhone X, but they also discovered their screens were still no match for falls from head-height. The folks at SquareTrade dropped both from six feet at various angles, and almost every time it resulted it some sort of damage. Specifically, the XS was rendered unusable when its screen shattered after hitting concrete on the front and back (the XS Max cracked in certain spots, but was still usable). However, they found that the steel frame prevented damage when dropped on the side.
In another drop test from TechSmart, the XS and XS Max fared a bit better, surviving drops from both three and six feet. However, when dropped from roughly 10 feet, the XS Max screen's not only cracked significantly, but the device itself (and the screen) started glitching badly.