The iPhone 4 is a Fragile Beast: Report
SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans over the first four months of its availability, and compared that to 20,000 iPhone 3GS claims for the same period of time. The results of the study, according to SquareTrade, show that the iPhone 4 is "is more vulnerable to physical damage than its predecessor."
Extrapolating the data, things don't look so rosy. After one year, SquareTrade estimates, using a straight-line projection to estimate the accident rate, the iPhone 4 accident rate would climb to 15.5 percent, twice that of the iPhone 3GS at 7.8 percent.
With just 4 months of data, it's clear that the iPhone 4 is significantly more prone to physical damage than its predecessor. The aluminosilicate glass seem to crack at least as often as the old glass, and there is now twice as much surface area to break. Despite this troubling increase, it's important to take the accident rate into perspective. Overall, the iPhone is still a very well constructed device, with a non-accident malfunction rate much lower than most other consumer electronics.With that sort of conclusion, it's easy to see why GlassGate is indeed a real possibility.