iPhone 7 torture tests show low chance of bending, camera cover & Touch ID scratch easily

By , Sep 20, 2016


Apple’s new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus are just now starting to get into consumers’ hands, and as a result, the run of the mill stress and torture tests have been ongoing since the end of this past week.

The iPhone 7 has proved to be very reliable in water resistance testing, as well as in drop testing, but there are other forms of durability tests too that might tickle your interest.

Remember Bendgate? – the infamous bending problem that plagued the softer aluminum in the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus? Apple really beefed up the structural integrity of the iPhone when they launched the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus with 7000 series aluminum, and Apple continues to use this material in the iPhone 7.

You’d be right if you thought the iPhone 7 has already been subjected to such bending tests, as well as other material durability tests, and some of them have already hit the internet, so we’ll show you some in this post so you have an idea of what the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus can take before they sustain damage.

This video, published on YouTube by JerryRigEverything, shows how the iPhone 7 holds up to various scratch testing:

Using special mineral picks, which are rated at different hardness levels, we can see the iPhone 7’s display is on-par with smartphone display scratch standards.

On the other hand, the supposed sapphire glass camera lens cover and Touch ID sensor are a little less durable than we’d expect. Although the video appears to show a weakness to scratching, Apple’s Phillip Schiller gave an official statement on Twitter confirming both were made of sapphire glass.


This means perhaps the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus are using some kind of lower-grade sapphire glass to reduce cost of manufacturing, but it for sure seems like they are much more scratch-prone than they should be for nearing the hardness of diamond.

The aluminum body, on the other hand, seems pretty durable against scratches from keys and other things you might carry on your pocket.

In terms of bendability, the iPhone 7 appears to have a very solid structure in this video and proves to be difficult to bend, but it’s worth noting that the water resistant seal in between the iPhone body and the glass display will tear if the iPhone is bent far enough, which will impact water resistance later down the line.

In another video, published on YouTube by EverythingApplePro, we see more bend results:

The iPhone 7 proves to be harder to bend than the iPhone 6 because of the harder aluminum material, but possibly a little easier than the iPhone 6s. Although it doesn’t seem to bend until the point of white fingers, its weak spots appear to be at the plastic antenna break at the top of the device and the power button, which is where most of the bending occurred.

Still though, to impose this much force on your device is pretty unlikely, especially if you put it inside of a case like Apple recommends, especially with the Jet Black version.

In summary, the iPhone 7 is pretty difficult to bend between the two videos, however neither video shows the bendability of the larger iPhone 7 Plus, which would undoubtedly be easier to bend because of the larger surface area that leads to more leverage.

Between what we’ve seen with the water resistance durability and drop test durability, these bend tests add to Apple’s durability credibility. It also shows that the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus should have around the same structural integrity as the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus.

Are you impressed with the overall durability of the iPhone 7? Share what you think in the comments below.

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  • Personally, I hate how the camera lens cover seems to be cracking. I’ve never heard of this issue until now. Well except for in the i3, but otherwise not anything else up till now. I’m sure it varies and would love to know how many other stuff have had this in prior models.

    I do love this idea of a physical home button. Using a physical click (I believe tactile is the word) button has been a huge pet peeve of mine.

    ..just wish they hadn’t made iOS 10 require a (in my case) second home button click to enter the home screen.

    ..that really gets under my skin. Like a slap to the older iPhones out there. “Lets make those older physical home buttons die twice as fast”

    Good thing there are replacement parts out there!

    • Well in one sense it’s actually kind of useful as on iOS 9 I would almost always miss any notifications I had because of how quickly my fingerprint unlocked the device.

      However if you want the old behavior you can go to:
      Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button > Rest Finger to Open

      That should allow you to only have to press once to unlock.


      • Thank you for the tip, however I own an iPhone 5 and while an argument could be made that I should update soon (planning on getting the SE), they haven’t included that toggle for my phone. Not sure what the condition is, but I pray that either apple will include it in an update or perhaps I can hope for a jailbreak where it will become a tweak quickly. Either way I like iOS 10 in a whole and as such will bear with it. In the grand scheme I think apple keeps improving, but like Microsoft, must introduce some things to the people bloc before they realize the public doesn’t want them. (Start menu in Windows)

        I must admit sliding to access the home screen makes less sense than pressing the “home” button. So I can see why they did it that way.