Predictably, with the launch of the new iPhone 15 line of smartphones, destructive tests began to appear on the Web. This is especially true for the Pro models, as they have a new body with a titanium frame and an updated internal structure.
Zach Nelson (JerryRigEverything) was one of the first to join the smartphone tests. To begin with, the iPhone 15 Pro Max in Blue Titanium has passed a number of tests familiar to Mr. Nelson’s channel. And although some of the parts of the test are not entirely relevant to real-world use, certain features of titanium are still demonstrated.
Yes, the display is still scratched and reacts poorly to fire, the back cover can withstand knife cuts just as well as the camera protection… Such moments are absolutely expected.
What’s more interesting is titanium’s durability. Back at the stage of rumors and insights, titanium durability was one of the most desirable features. Moreover, the shiny steel surface of the previous models has now been replaced by a structured matte finish, which should theoretically hide minor scratches.
However, as Mr. Nelson’s experience has shown, the miracle did not happen. The titanium surface is additionally processed to give it color. If damaged, the top layer can “reveal” the natural color of the alloy, which is noticeably different from the main color of the device. This will be relevant for darker versions of cases, which are still better to handle with care.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max also turned out to be more fragile than its predecessor. Under pressure, the display was not damaged, unlike the back cover, which was really unexpectedly covered with cobwebs. A little finger pressure was enough to do it. Fortunately, replacing the back cover is now much cheaper than it used to be (in the US, the cost of the “procedure”, depending on the size of the smartphone, is now $169/199 versus $499/549 for previous models). However, the smaller iPhone 15 Pro passed this test without any problems.
For those viewers who were not satisfied with the level of destructiveness of the first video, JerryRigEverything has prepared probably one of the toughest versions of disassembling the device into parts (which the author obviously did not plan to put back together).
In addition to updating the internal structure and some additions, the video also shows the titanium frame in a section, in which it looks much more interesting than it might seem at first glance.