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People are already trying to destroy the new iPhone

screenshot/ Youtube/ JerryRigsEverything

The highly-anticipated iPhone 7 went on sale on Friday... and some are already being destroyed by tech enthusiasts.

Bloggers and critics - including Youtuber JerryRigEverything - have taken it upon themselves to put the phone through its paces with intense durability tests. So, how did it fare?


JerryRigEverything exposed the iPhone 7 to heat, bending and scratching in a recent video. While he found it probably won't bend in your pocket - unlike its predecessor - the Youtuber had doubts about the rumoured scratch-proof, sapphire-covered camera lens and home touch pad.

The vlogger uses a number of mineral picks - tools with different scales in hardness - when testing the phone. He found that while the screen and camera lens of the smartphone were resistent to things like coins or keys, it started to scratch when the tool reached level six on the Mohs hardness scale. This puts the iPhone screen on par with other smartphones, according to the critic.

The home touch button and camera (rumoured to be sapphire covered) were completely resistent to a razor blade, however too scratched at a level six of hardness, Sapphire covered glass is not supposed to mark until a level eight or nine, the Youtuber explains.

The back of the phone was not scratched by keys, but sharper objects - like a razor blade - damaged the phone easily.


When the iPhone 6 was released, #bendgate hit the headlines when new smartphones bent in people's pockets. According to JerryRigEverything's review - this probably won't happen with the iPhone 7, however he recommends not sitting on it as you might ruin the waterproof seal.

Picture:Picture: screenshot/ Youtube/ JerryRigsEverything


When a phone's screen is exposed to direct heat, its pixels turn off, leaving a black blob in its place. In the video, it takes 10 seconds for this to happen and once the heat is taken away the pixels recover, the screen is cool to touch and the phone is fully-functional. This is unusual in a smartphone, according to the Youtuber.

Picture: screenshot/ Youtube/ JerryRigsEverything

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