How Breakable Are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? 

September 28, 2015

2:00 pm

The most devoted of Apple fanboys and fangirls have had their new iPhone 6s for over a week now, but the rest of us may still be deciding: to buy or not to buy?

Apple announced the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 9, promising that everything has changed: 3D Touch, live photos, a better selfie. But are these phones durable? SquareTrade decided to subject them to its Breakability Test, complete with dunking in water, bending, heating and freezing, and repeated dropping (video below).

The results? The iPhone 6s fares better than the 6s Plus, but both are distinct improvements over past models:

  • Dunking: Both iPhones can be dunked under water for 10 seconds without immediate damage.
  • Bending: The iPhone 6s Plus won’t bend until you apply 180 pounds of pressure (170 for the iPhone 6s).
  • Dropping: You can drop both iPhones 10 times from six feet up, and the screen still won’t shatter – but one fall face down on concrete is enough to crack the glass.
  • Heating: Both iPhones will last 15 minutes in 110 degrees before shutting off to protect the battery.
  • Freezing: The iPhones will last 30 minutes (6s) or an hour (6s Plus) in 0-degree weather before shutting off.

On a scale of 1-10 for durability, the iPhone 6s earned a score of 4.5, while the 6s Plus got a 5. See the whole experiment here:

iPhone 6s breakability

Image credit: Flickr/LWYang


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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact