iPhone 13 Pro Max fares well in drop tests, but you'll want a case anyway

Iphone 13 Pro And Iphone 13 Pro Max
Iphone 13 Pro And Iphone 13 Pro Max (Image credit: Rene Ritchie/ iMore)

What you need to know

  • New drop tests show that iPhone 13 Pro Max doesn't break too easily, despite its heft.
  • Those prone to dropping things should probably still get a case.

Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max is a hefty bit of kit and that's something that can make it susceptible to breakage when dropped. As with any new iPhone launch, there have been people dropping these things in the name of science — and it turns out Apple's massive iPhone is pretty good at standing up to a tumble.

In a YouTube video put together by EverythingApplePro, an iPhone 13 Pro Max was dropped alongside an iPhone 13 Pro to see how they held up. The tests involved a concrete floor which is about as harsh a drop as most iPhones are going to have to deal with. While the iPhones do eventually break, they seem to withstand falls from table height surprisingly well — a height most iPhones are likely to fall from. Just try not to drop these things when they're around head height.

You'll see why when you watch the video.

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Apple makes plenty of noise about its Ceramic Shield being tough enough to keep iPhones safe, but dropping any phone from a certain height will always result in tears. Those who are prone to dropping things should still make sure to use a case or, if that isn't your style, get AppleCare+ instead. It'll work out more costly, but at least you get to admire that iPhone 13 look that way.

Apple's iPhone 13 handsets are now on sale after launching on Friday, September 24. These are the best iPhones yet and sales appear to have been brisk — at least based on how busy my local Apple Store was on collection day!

Looking for a case to keep your pride and joy safe? These are the best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases available today.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.