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iPhone 5S deflects a bullet during armed robbery

One Fresno State student owes his life to Apple's aluminum-encased smartphone

By Derek Strickland on Sep 8, 2015 01:11 pm CDT - 1 min, 18 secs reading time

Apple's iPhone 5S aluminum-encased body has held up in drop tests, but how far does its durability go? Is it strong enough to deflect a bullet from a semi-automatic handgun? A Fresno State student found out the hard way and now owes a life debt to the metallic mobile.


According to Fresno police reports, the college student had just arrived at his campus-side apartment when a mysterious stranger approached him from behind, got the student's attention, and fired a single shot into the victim's upper leg. The impact shattered the iPhone 5S' screen in his pocket and miraculously protected the flesh beneath. The victim was completely uninjured.

The phone was encased in a polycarbonate Speck "SmartFlex case", so when combined with the stock aluminum shell that's two layers of protection...but who would have ever thought it'd be enough to stop a bullet? I can't even begin to calculate the odds of such an impact, but they have to be tremendous.


After firing the semi-automatic handgun the suspect stole the victim's college HP laptop and fled on foot. Police are still investigating and searching for the assailant, but I have a feeling that the survivor will have a whole new outlook on life and on Apple products. Just imagine if he had gone with a different phone he might not be alive today.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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