Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max enhances its predecessor in many ways, from processing power to cameras to its notch-replacing Dynamic Island feature. But don’t have durability on that list of modifications.
Like the iPhone 13 Pro before it, the iPhone 14 Pro Max shattered the first time it was dropped on its back and front during drop-testing performed by Allstate Protection Plans. Apple’s best iPhone also took damage to its corners, buttons, and camera housing when it was dropped down a flight of stairs.
Allstate, which performs these drop tests as part of a promotion for the insurance plans it presents for devices like the iPhone, also tested the iPhone 14 Plus. Apple’s other 6.7-inch phone fared better when it was dropped down the stairs, suffering scratched corners and roughness on its aluminum frame. But on the face-down and back-down drop tests, the iPhone 14 Plus also took damage on the first drop.
“The new iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max shattered on the first drop front and back, though they were still completely functional, including their great new cameras,” said Jason Siciliano, vice president, and global creative director at Allstate Protection Plans, in a statement accompanying the test results.
The more recent iPhones have an edge over their predecessors — their back panels are removable so they’re easier to repair. “The iPhone 14 Plus is a leap forward when it comes to repairability,” said Siciliano, noting the removable back panel. “Apple should be applauded for this upgrade, as it’s great for their customer’s wallets and the environment.”
Face-down drop: Both phones were dropped from 6 feet onto a sidewalk with their displays facing downward. After one drop, iPhone 14 Pro Max suffered circular bullseye cracks and a shattered screen. The iPhone 14 Plus sustained bullseye cracks of its own, along with raised glass and scuffed corners.
Back-down drop: Flipping the phones over and dropping them from 6 feet once again, the back of the iPhone 14 Pro Max shattered after one drop with raised and loose glass. One of the rear camera lenses was scuffed, and the camera housing took damage. Similarly, one drop of the iPhone 14 Plus resulted in bullseye cracks, raised and lose glass, and a damaged camera housing.
Side-drop downstairs: The iPhone 14 Plus fared better here, with scuffed corners and rough aluminum after its tumble down some stone steps. The iPhone 14 Pro Max also sustained scuffed corners in addition to dented buttons, a damaged camera housing, and a shattered back.