Warranty provider SquareTrade has revealed that Apple’s premier blower the iPhone 4 is 82 per cent more prone to accidental damage than its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.
According to SquareTrade’s figures, an alarming 4.7 per cent of iPhone 4 users have reported accidental damage to their phones within the first four months of its release. That compares with a figure of 2.8 per cent made for the iPhone 3GS during the same introductory period.
The study finds that iPhone 4 owners have claimed accidental damage to their devices 68 per cent more frequently than 3GS users and that a projected 15.6 per cent, almost one out of six iPhone 4 owners, will call in with a problem with their phones within the first year.
The numbers are particularly concerning considering the iPhone 4 comes equipped with the so-called “Gorilla glass”, an aluminosilicate panel which Apple claims is “chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic” and is “ultradurable”.
Although SquareTrade’s figures don’t detail the exact affected components of the device, it revealed that at least a quarter of glass breaks "involved the back screen".
Cupertino has yet to comment on SquareTrade’s findings.
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