According to recently conducted experiments by CNET and TechSmartt, it appears as if the iPhone XS has a much more durable glass screen than encountered in other models, specifically the iPhone X. Overall, there aren’t haven’t been any massive updates to the new model, especially when compared with the revolutionary changes in the iPhone XS. They both contain the same OLED display, wireless charging capabilities, and TrueDepth camera system. Face ID’s speed has been moderately improved but there are still similar issues with the landscape mode.
However, one of the major negative reactions to the iPhone X related to its lack of durability. While at the time Apple maintained that it was “the most durable glass ever built into a smartphone”, many users stated that the screen cracked after only one drop. According to CNET, “It could probably handle your everyday wear and tear, but dropping it without a case is out of the question.”. This can be a concern for users who may think twice about spending almost $1000 for a phone that lacks basic durability. Supposedly, however, the engineers at Apple have worked at a much more durable glass screen and stainless-steel frame design.
At last week’s launch of the iPhone XS, Apple’s marketing chief said the iPhone XS is “covered front to back with a new formulation of glass that is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”. Of course, they did make similar comments in 2017, so many iPhone users decided to conduct experiments to test its durability.
Vanessa Hand Orellana, a member of the team at CNET, conducted a series of experimental drops akin to those done in 2017 to test the iPhone X’s durability. After four falls from five feet in the air onto a concrete sidewalk, the iPhone XS came out almost completely intact, with only a couple scuffs on the metal frame. Even after dropping it screen face down, there were only a few cement debris on the camera that were wiped off easily and no particular structural damages. The YouTube channel TechSmartt conducted similar tests and came to the same conclusions.
Since it is priced at over USD$1000, it is still recommended to buy a case for your own piece of mind as it will cost will at least $279 to replace the XS screen and $329 to replace that of the XS max.
However all in all, the iPhone XS’s durability is definitely a massive structural improvement over that of the iPhone X.