Patrick Wiggins is an experienced skydiver. The 69-year-old has completed 994 jumps to date. Over the years he’s seen a lot of crazy things. But on his last jump at Skydive Utah in Tooele County, Utah, something very unusual happened.
Just a few moments into his freefall, Wiggins saw something slip out of shorts pocket… his iPhone.
“When I saw it go away, it was, OK, a piece of paper,” Wiggins said. “I didn’t even think it was my phone until I got on the ground and I’m looking for my phone and then I’m going… ‘Oh, wait a minute.'”
Apple’s Find iPhone App To The Rescue
So where was his phone? Wiggens signed in to his Apple iCloud account and used the Find iPhone feature. He assumed that his phone was smashed and wasn’t expecting it to show up in Apple’s system. But to his surprise, his iPhone survived. It was laying in the grass close to the landing zone. Not only was it working, but it didn’t even have a scratch on it.
How Did The iPhone Survive A 13,200 Foot Drop?
You can find tons of videos of people doing “drop tests” on smartphones on the Intenet. Many times these phones don’t survive a simple drop from shoulder height or a fall into the toilet. So how did this iPhone survive a 13,200-foot drop?
“It does not have a terminal velocity,” Wiggens explained. “Low mass, high surface area. So you’re going to have a lot of drag for a small amount of mass.”