Someone's iPhone 6s fell out of a plane and recorded the whole thing

Reseting iPhone
Reseting iPhone (Image credit: iMore/Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • Someone managed to drop an iPhone 6s out of an airplane and have it survive the fall.
  • The iPhone recorded its own decent in glorious video.

We've all heard horror stories about people dropping their iPhones from a matter of inches and having them explode on impact. But someone managed to drop an iPhone 6s from an airplane, in the air, and have it survive. And it recorded the whole thing.

According to local reports, environmentalist and documentary filmmaker Ernesto Galiotto was flying over Rio de Janeiro when the iPhone took a tumble at an altitude of around 300 meters. But thanks to GPS, he was able to recover it a couple of hours later. Amazingly, the only thing that had broken was a screen protector.

Fallen Iphone

Fallen Iphone (Image credit: Ernesto Galiotto)

"In 15 seconds, he [the device] hit the ground. It was about 200 meters from the water, and a few meters away there was a couple on the beach. He fell at 11:10 a.m. on Friday. He fell with the screen down and was filming for an hour and a half. I think the sun recharged, because when we arrived to recover, it still had 16% load on Saturday, around 8:50 a.m.," Ernesto said.

You can check out some videos showing exactly what went down in the original report and they definitely make for some fun watching!

I guess this kind of thing is why AppleCare+ is so popular!

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.