Tech & The Web

iPhone Destruction Video Takes Danger to New Heights


This could be one of the most reckless iPhone destruction videos ever. Why would someone throw a new phone off a skyscraper?

For some reason, it seems popular to take a brand new iPhone and find unique ways to destroy it, and post the action on YouTube. I’ve seen iPhones boiled in Coca-Cola, cut with a chainsaw and used in target practice with firearms.

I’m not sure why there are people who apparently hate the iPhone so much that they feel the need to watch this kind of video.

I’m not a fan of Droid; I’ve been a Mac guy for decades, and the feel of the Droid system just feels off to me. That said, I certainly wouldn’t waste money buying a Droid so that I could then record myself destroying it, thereby throwing that money away.

Not being a fan of Droid, I just don’t buy them. Those who do prefer them do. To me, that’s just a system that makes sense.

But maybe that’s just me.

The Washington Post sheds light on the likely real reason behind the phenomenon: advertising revenue:

According to Social Blade, a YouTube analytics site, some tech-destruction channels are raking in as much as $28,000 a month.

Granted, the prospect of earning $140,000 per year suddenly makes spending a few thousand on tech gadgets to immediately destroy a bit easier to stomach…except for the fact that you still have to make that initial investment in costly tech you’re then going to subject to whatever punishment you come up with in the hopes that it’ll bring in big bucks once it’s released.

I guess if you have a few extra thousands of dollars just burning a hole in your pocket, you don’t give such notions a second thought.

iPhone 7 vs. skyscraper

But when it comes to iPhone destruction videos, this one takes the cake. It involves someone taking a brand-spanking new iPhone 7 to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. At 2,722 feet, it’s the tallest building in the world.

Yes, you can easily see where we’re headed with this one.

There’s some question as to whether the video is actually authentic, but I’m going to assume, for the sake of argument, that he actually did what he said he did in the video.

He tosses it from the observation deck at the 148th floor of the building and we see it falling to apparent oblivion.

But we don’t know what happens next.

Apparently, he’s suddenly no longer able to track it, implying that it “imploded” on impact.

But, then, that’s the real question: It imploded on impact with what? A building? A car? A cyclist? A pedestrian?

The obvious — at least it should be obvious — danger with a ridiculous stunt like this is the apparent disregard for the safety of everyone and everything below.

It’d be one thing if the entire city was brought to a standstill by law enforcement so it could be certain no one was below, but it seems unlikely that happened.

And with no way to track the phone’s location when it did impact, how would he know what havoc he may have wreaked until first responders were called in to deal with some kind of damage or (heaven forbid) some kind of injury?

He may have gotten lucky if no such report has been made. But it seems it was only because of luck, and that should give everyone planning such a stunt pause.

It’s one thing to put your own safety at risk in recording the pointless (though potentially-profitable) destruction of gadgets. But when you put others at risk, even unintentionally, you’re going too far.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.