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Extreme drop-testing the iPhone 6 from 10,000 feet (video)

A new iPhone goes through a lot of abuse – verbal (opens in new tab) and physical (opens in new tab). Apple drop-tests the handsets themselves during pre-production, of course, and when the phone emerges, the amateurs take over with YouTube videos of stress tests and drop-tests galore.

And with the iPhone 6, or rather its phablet version, we've had bendgate (opens in new tab) which has seen videos of folks trying (successfully) to bend the phone into a permanent kink, something which has been accidentally done by the tight pockets of some unsuspecting iPhone 6 Plus owners already.

Anyhow, when it comes to the drop-tests, here's the most extreme we've ever encountered – C-Net (opens in new tab) spotted that Richard Ryan leapt out of a plane in a wingsuit and filmed dropping an iPhone 6 from between 7,000 and 12,000 feet.

That's a hell of a drop test.

Ryan enabled Find my iPhone and also attached a GPS beacon to the handset to ensure he could find the device afterwards. And the result?

Related: Want to recharge the new iPhone 6? Just put it in the microwave! (opens in new tab)

As you can see in the video clip above, the phone landed face down in a hard dirt field, digging itself into a small crater. Unsurprisingly the screen was cracked, but the phone still functioned.

Ryan has also tested the iPhone 6 against the might of thermite, and a 50 cal bullet, both of which proved very messy as you can imagine.

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.