No, the matte black iPhone 7 doesn’t bend, but it will scratch if you try hard enough

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Love it or hate it for the new waterproof design or its controversial headphone jack exclusion, you’d probably give anything to hold an iPhone 7 in your hand on launch day, if for nothing else than to take it apart or try to bend it. It’s okay, you can admit it, this is a safe environment for the most unconventional desires.

Especially when durability tests are conducted for educational purposes, which has become the specialty of YouTuber JerryRigEverything. Unsurprisingly, his ruthless scratch, burn and bend inquiries end with a perfectly intact matte black 4.7-inch iPhone 7, though the device is hardly what you’d call indestructible.

Interestingly, Apple’s official claims of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus camera lenses coming with sapphire covers don’t seem to hold up when confronted with a standard set of mineral picks. They’re still adequately scratch-resistant, don’t get us wrong, but perhaps not as robust and premium as Cupertino would like you to believe.

The same apparently goes for the new, non-clicky home “touchpad”, which might also be made of “regular” glass as opposed to sapphire, while the aluminum back nicely endures contact to coins and keys, but not so much razor blades.

Then again, that’s not a typical, everyday hazard for your phone, and neither is fire, though if you’re curious, the screen can recover after direct flame exposure. Last but not least, normal force shouldn’t unnaturally curve the iPhone 7. Excellent news, but on the other hand, you may not want to sit on it and possibly cripple its water shield.

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).