It’s that time of year again. A time when autumn winds blow, a season of change is upon us, and new iPhones arrive in time for the holidays. This year is special. Apple broadened the iPhone line which ranges from $349 for an entry-level iPhone SE to $1,149 for a fully loaded, completely tricked out iPhone X, and various and sundry models– old and new– in between.
Nothing has changed. Everything remains the same. The new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X share a new glass back which helps with wireless charging but if there’s one thing certain, they need a case. It’s no longer an option. Glass breaks. A case could help prevent at least half the glass from breaking on the new iPhones.
Why Apple chose a glass back is obvious if you look at the technology for wireless charging. The old aluminum case prevented wireless charging. The glass back allows it. But that means about double the amount of glass in both iPhone 8 models, hence, double the chances of glass breaking. Why? Glass breaks.
I’ve read statistics that say somewhere north of 85-percent of all iPhone customers use a case to help protect the device from breakage when it gets dropped. Some case are durable, tough, and have cushioned corners to protect the iPhone when it hits a solid surface like concrete. Still, I’ve seen some iPhones without cases not break when dropped, and others with a case can break when dropped.
What should you do?
Buy a case. Use a case. For those younger folks with tighter jeans who stuff an iPhone into the back pocket, sans case, you’re just asking for trouble. Bendgate, anyone? It’s a thing. Here’s another thing. Glass doesn’t bend the same way aluminum iPhones bend.
Reports say the new iPhone 8 line are the strongest iPhones ever. But get a case. Glass encased in an aluminum, steel, copper, or unobtanium case will have some flex, perhaps a bit of bend, but– and I can’t stress this enough– glass breaks.
I’ll have to say I’m amazed at how many parents give their young children an iPhone or iPad to babysit for awhile; sans case. A neighbor down the street bought a new iPad Pro but gave an older 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 to a toddler who promptly threw it down on the sidewalk.
You know what happened, right?
T-Mobile’s legendary CEO, John Legere (the same guy who made T-Mobile a force among U.S. cellphone carriers) said this about the Bendgate controversy:
That is such horse sh*t, you know — listen — what the f*uck did you need to see? The thing moves a little bit? Are you sh*tting me? I mean, when was the last time you took any other — this is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f*** are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for?
Despite the language, I have to agree. The iPhone is a supercomputer that fits into your pocket and the palm of your hand. I tell those without cases or a cracked screen the same thing. Treat it with some respect. Hold it carefully. It’s a valuable device with many wonderful features and capabilities. Would you give your toddler a $5,000 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR with an expensive lens to play with for awhile? No. Why not? The device is expensive, yes, but it doesn’t make phone calls, can’t handle email, texts, or online payments.
An iPhone does all that and more. Use a case. iPhone 8 is here. It’s stronger than ever but has a glass back. It needs a case.