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Jul 21 2011 11:25 AM | Computerpro2 in Apple
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The iPhone 4 -- a device that is notoriously described as fragile -- Jarrod McKinney's iPhone 4 was cracked when his 2-year-old knocked it off a bathroom shelf.

"I was like, 'Man! That's all it takes to crack the glass?' " he said

So it's understandable why McKinney, a 37 year-old in Minnesota would be "just absolutely shocked" when that same phone survived a fall from his pocket, while he was skydiving from nonetheless than 13,500 feet.

He found his iPhone, it's glass had been shattered, on top of a two-story building about a half-mile away from where he had landed with his parachute.

McKinney raised his iPhone above his head in triumph after he'd located it using a GPS tracking app.

To be funny, Joe Johnson -- a skydiving instructor -- decided to call the busted phone, assuming the call would not go through, however, the call did go through. 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.

McKinney, who first submitted this story on CNN iReport, the user-generated news site, said he's not sure when the phone slipped out of his pocket during his fall from the plane.

He was in a rush to "get out the door" (of the plane), he said, and forgot to zip the pocket of his baggy skydiving pants, which are designed to be loose-fitting so they catch air and slow him down as he falls from the sky.
The iPhone had protective gear of its own -- an Incipio-brand phone case that was broken after the fall but still was on the phone.
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