The fragile iPhone 4 survived a falls from as high as over 13,000 feet with the ability to still make phone calls. According to Jarrod McKinney, a 37-year-old skydiver in Minnesota, "just absolutely shocked" when his same phone survived a fall from his pocket -- while he was skydiving from 13,500 feet, that was cracked when his 2-year-old knocked it off a bathroom shelf.
McKinney said that he's not sure exactly when his iPhone 4 got out of his pockets during his skydive, saying that in the rush to get out of the airplane he forgot to zip up the pockets on his skydiving pants.
He found the gadget, its glass surfaces shattered, on top of a building about a half-mile away from where he landed with his parachute.
If you are wondering why he decided to skydive with his iPhone in the first place, he stated that he liked to have the phone around if his jump destination doesn't go as planned and he has to phone someone to find him and pick him up.
Joe Johnson, a skydiving instructor, said he and a few friends watched from the ground below the two-story building as McKinney raised the phone above his head in triumph after he located it using a GPS tracking app.
Just to be funny, Johnson decided to call the busted phone. He didn't expect the call to go through. But it did. McKinney felt the phone vibrate and started laughing. "They were all like, 'It works! It works!'" he said of his friends watching his rooftop search from the bottom of the building.
Mike Gikas, a tech editor at Consumer Reports, the nonprofit group that tests phones and other gadgets for their reliability, jokingly said that McKinney finally found a way to fix the phone's reception woes, by dropping it from a plane.
"That's the proved method for fixing the antenna problem," he said, laughing.