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Various reviews involving the iPhone 15 Pro models show a rather fragile back glass, and the reason for this probably lies in the new internal arrangement Apple has implemented for the phone’s metal frame.

iPhone 15 Pro is currently infamous for having a less durable exterior, with reviewers continuously proving it in a series of tests. Last week, AppleTrack EIC Sam Kohl demonstrated a test involving up to 14 attempts of drops for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. In the end, the latter experienced massive damage, giving it a white screen and a seriously cracked back with the camera modules falling off. Days later, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything conducted another video showing the iPhone 15 Pro Max instantly showing cracks after a simple bending test.

Kohl surmised that the reason behind this was the curved design of the new phones.

“The curved design made the glass come into contact with the ground way more than this flat edge,” Kohl observed. “There absolutely seems to be worse drop protection so far on the 15 Pro because of this curve. Although it’s more comfortable, it’s absolutely not as durable.”

Jerry, however, claimed that it could probably be the titanium affecting the impact absorption of the unit. 

“I did not see that one coming,” JerryRigEverything said. “You’ve been watching me durability test smartphones for about 11 years now, and most phones do not break. iPhones especially do not break, like ever. And that [the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s] snap was abnormally quick. I’m not sure if it’s because the grade-5 titanium frame has nearly three times more tensile strength than aluminum or half the elasticity, but the glass did not like being pressed or flexed by my thumb. That’s crazy.”

While the reasons mentioned above might be true, a new review from Phone Repair Guru provides a more logical explanation. According to the page’s recently posted video, this can be easily spotted upon opening the back of the new iPhone 15 Pro. The review compared the iPhone 15 Pro to the iPhone 14, which were both opened from the back. This is where their difference can be instantly noticed: the iPhone 14’s back glass has a metal back plate while the iPhone 15 Pro’s no longer has it. Instead of putting it in the back glass of the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple has attached the metal plate directly to the back of the phone.

According to the account, the metal back plate allows the iPhone 14 to have increased back glass integrity. Hence, removing it could make the backglass more fragile.

“The iPhone 14 has this metal back plate which increases the actual back glass structural integrity,” the account explained. “The iPhone 15 Pro Max, on the other hand, does not have that. That back plate is on the actual phone, and because it’s not on the actual glass, well, it’s more fragile than I’d like to admit. Pretty crazy how much of a difference this back plate can make.”

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