Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in Manchester bombing

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An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the bomb blast.




Recounting the harrowing scene, the husband of Lisa Bridgett, 45, said in a Facebook post that his wife was speaking on her iPhone when Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device that sent material hurtling through the air.

A steel nut cut through Bridgett's finger and hit the bottom portion of her iPhone, which deflected the metal piece from its original path. The nut ultimately passed through Bridgett's cheek before coming to rest in her nose.

As seen in photos provided on Facebook, the nut appears to have torn through the iPhone's aluminum chassis, loudspeaker, logic board and display assembly. Whether the components actually changed the metal piece's trajectory is up for debate, though iPhone 6s was designed to be more robust than its predecessor.

Following the so-called "bendgate" controversy, which criticized iPhone 6 Plus for being easily deformed during normal use, Apple turned to stronger 7000 series aluminum with iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The material was initially deployed in the original Apple Watch Sport and is now used to build both Apple Watch and iPhone 7 products.

Bridgett, who was at the Manchester Arena to pick up her daughter and her daughter's friend from that night's Ariana Grande concert, was subjected to multiple injuries from the bomb blast. Aside from the severed finger and face wounds, she suffered a thigh wound, fractured ankle and minor scrapes and bruises.

On Facebook, Steve Bridgett said his wife "is in a positive mood and feels very lucky to be alive" following the incident. He elaborated on his comments in an interview with The Guardian.

"The fact that she was on the phone at the time probably saved her life," Bridgett said. "The nut has hit her phone, which has more than likely not only diverted it but also slowed it down considerably."




He went on to thank local police, first responders and hospital workers for their rapid effort in dealing with the attack that left 22 people dead and another 64 injured.

The Manchester incident is not the first time an Apple product has been credited with saving a life. Earlier this year, a MacBook Pro took a stray bullet during a deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, likely protecting its owner from grave harm.
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  • Reply 1 of 37
    pbruttopbrutto Posts: 29member
    Fucking hate these assholes and their godamn bombs. Horrible reading that the nut came to rest in her nose, I'm sure the phone slowed it down at least. I hope Apple sees this and sends her a new one. Hope the best for the survivors...
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  • Reply 2 of 37
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    The opposite of a Samsung iKnockoff 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 37
    pbrutto said:
    Fucking hate these assholes and their godamn bombs. Horrible reading that the nut came to rest in her nose, I'm sure the phone slowed it down at least. I hope Apple sees this and sends her a new one. Hope the best for the survivors...
    Asshole is right. Manchester arena is a stones throw from where I grew up. To think that asshole picked this concert because he knew it would be a magnet for young innocent people, the all powerful all seeing omniscient god, except he needs dumb fucks to carry out his will?? 

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  • Reply 4 of 37
    pbruttopbrutto Posts: 29member
    pbrutto said:
    Fucking hate these assholes and their godamn bombs. Horrible reading that the nut came to rest in her nose, I'm sure the phone slowed it down at least. I hope Apple sees this and sends her a new one. Hope the best for the survivors...
    Asshole is right. Manchester arena is a stones throw from where I grew up. To think that asshole picked this concert because he knew it would be a magnet for young innocent people, the all powerful all seeing omniscient god, except he needs dumb fucks to carry out his will?? 

    It is incredibly sad that people take what is supposed to be a holy book that does not mention murduring civilians and twist it to fit their own ideology. It is interesting that smart phones make it easier for terrorist to chat anonymously yet (like the Boston bombing) easier to find them due to the sheer volume of pictures taken. 

    Samsung needs to figure out how to sell original note 7s to these monsters.....the problem would slowly take care of itself. 

    One final note: what if facial recognition becomes the primary way to unlock phones in the future. Image: terrorist ties iPhone to bomb as detonator. Apple hacks it and next time they login with recognition Apple has it detonate because their face was on a watch list!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 37
    bestkeptsecretbestkeptsecret Posts: 4,068member


    Bridgett, who was at the Manchester Arena to pick up her daughter and her daughter's friend from that night's Ariana Grande concert, was subjected to multiple injuries from the bomb blast. Aside from the severed finger and face wounds, she suffered a thigh would, fractured ankle and minor scrapes and bruises.


    And this is just the survivor. Imagine the state of the people who didn't make it.

    Words can't describe how twisted and warped someone's thoughts must be. All in the name of "jihad".

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  • Reply 6 of 37
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,031member
    bestkeptsecret said:
    All in the name of "jihad".
    All in the name of a radical ideology by sick individual(s). Full stop.
    edited May 2017 watto_cobratycho_macuserpscooter63anantksundaramMacProicoco3
  • Reply 7 of 37
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,031member
    I'm glad that she was lucky enough to not be killed or seemingly suffer longterm damage (although that doesn't seems to be certain) because of a chance trajectory of a projectile hitting her phone, but this article seems to sensationalize the iPhone as being something worth buying for its ballistic protection.

    A decade ago we saw stories about the iPod stopping bullets, and there are countless non-Apple products that have serendipitously stopped, deflected, and/or reduced the energy of a projectile. Even books can do the trick when placed behind glass if the projectional fragments upon impact. So why is this a story? Why is 7000 series aluminium a big deal? Harder metals don't necessarily means they're better at stopping a high-speed projectile, and then you have to thickness of the material and the other materials in the device that can help absorb the energy. Kevlar, for example, would be ineffective if it was hard. This case clearly indicates that an angle of incident was involved which would reduce energy, which is clearly the most important factor in her being saved, which means this could've happen with countless other objects, too.

    edited May 2017 mike1pscooter63
  • Reply 8 of 37
    mainyehcmainyehc Posts: 108member
    All in the name of jihad, but not just any kind of jihad; whether they are from Al Qaeda, from Daesh or just lone wolves, these guys are an offshoot of wahhabism, an extremist doctrine that originated in and is supported by Saudi Arabia (at best, the Saudis don't do anything about it, but they probably suppory it actively, yes)… And guess who's been selling weapons to and buying oil from those pricks? Yeah, the US, the UK et al. This has got to stop, and making the necessary changes for that to happen is in our hands.
    edited May 2017 lostkiwilordjohnwhorfin
  • Reply 9 of 37
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,399moderator
    Soli said:
    I'm glad that she was lucky enough to not be killed or seemingly suffer longterm damage (although that doesn't seems to be certain) because of a chance trajectory of a projectile hitting her phone, but this article seems to sensationalize the iPhone as being something worth buying for its ballistic protection.

    A decade ago we saw stories about the iPod stopping bullets, and there are countless non-Apple products that have serendipitously stopped, deflected, and/or reduced the energy of a projectile. Even books can do the trick when placed behind glass if the projectional fragments upon impact. So why is this a story? Why is 7000 series aluminium a big deal? Harder metals don't necessarily means they're better at stopping a high-speed projectile, and then you have to thickness of the material and the other materials in the device that can help absorb the energy. Kevlar, for example, would be ineffective if it was hard. This case clearly indicates that an angle of incident was involved which would reduce energy, which is clearly the most important factor in her being saved, which means this could've happen with countless other objects, too.

    Well, at least the iPhone doesn't add to the bomb blast.  Imagine if this happened last summer and the person was carrying a Note 7.  
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  • Reply 10 of 37
    mainyehc said:
    All in the name of jihad, but not just any kind of jihad; whether they are from Al Qaeda, from Daesh or just lone wolves, these guys are an offshoot of wahhabism, an extremist doctrine that originated in and is supported by Saudi Arabia (at best, the Saudis don't do anything about it, but they probably suppory it actively, yes)… And guess who's been selling weapons to and buying oil from those pricks? Yeah, the US, the UK et al. This has got to stop, and making the necessary changes for that to happen is in our hands.
    so true, the May regime here in the UK just weeks ago did an arms deal with the Saudis. Sell the weapons, earn billions more for their rich friends and sit back while the innocent citizens suffer as targets of those very same weapons. Oh and just to ensure they're pissed off at our countries, lets bomb the sh*t out of their innocent civilians first to rile them up a bit. smh. Like the US drone attack targetting 2 (just 2!) ISIS snipers in a tower recently... total death toll could be apparently 200+, wtf.

    Say what you want about Gadaffi and Saddam (Assad too, if we left him to it) but they kept these nutters in check. This guy in Manchester, his family sought refuge (and was granted!) in the UK after Gadaffi issued an arrest warrant for the father - and this is how they repay our hospitality.
  • Reply 11 of 37
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,730member


    Bridgett, who was at the Manchester Arena to pick up her daughter and her daughter's friend from that night's Ariana Grande concert, was subjected to multiple injuries from the bomb blast. Aside from the severed finger and face wounds, she suffered a thigh would, fractured ankle and minor scrapes and bruises.


    And this is just the survivor. Imagine the state of the people who didn't make it.

    Words can't describe how twisted and warped someone's thoughts must be. All in the name of "jihad".

    Can't begin to imagine what it would be like to pick up the scattered remains of an eight-year old child, or any of the deceased. I not long ago hit a roadway at 50 km/hr (bicycle) with my helmeted head but cannot remember the impact. Only hope that the dead went instantly. A vain hope perhaps.
    Solichia
  • Reply 12 of 37
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,397member
    The woman in the blast was the one who said that the phone probably saved her life. AI didn't just make it up.
    All AI are doing is reporting the information.
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  • Reply 13 of 37
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 10,496member
    So, does AppleCare+ cover bomb blasts and shrapnel damage?
  • Reply 14 of 37
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,278member
    cali said:
    The opposite of a Samsung iKnockoff 
    Seriously, give it a rest for one freaking post. This is a horrible thing that has happened and you feel the need to bring up Samsung. NOT EVERYTHING is related to Samsung. Focus on the bigger picture and what matters most in life, like these people going through a tragedy.
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  • Reply 15 of 37
    akamine_jrakamine_jr Posts: 11unconfirmed, member
    RIP 😔. I read a The Guardian article about the injuries. It brought tears to my eyes to think how evil was the bombing and how the victims suffered. 
  • Reply 16 of 37
    georgie01georgie01 Posts: 394member
    Soli said:
    bestkeptsecret said:
    All in the name of "jihad".
    All in the name of a radical ideology by sick individual(s). Full stop.
    It is, but these guys are not too different from others. Just because someone thinks blowing up a bomb in a crowd is sick doesn't mean they won't hurt someone in a more 'civilised' way (as one of countless examples ... those who brought a lawsuit against the baker who wouldn't bake a cake for a homosexual wedding). People are not basically good, we all act on self-serving purposes most of the time, and we all step on other people to accomplish our goals. While blowing people up with a bomb is certainly far worse than something small like cutting in front of others who are waiting, it comes from the same heart.
  • Reply 17 of 37
    nhtnht Posts: 4,522member
    georgie01 said:
    Soli said:
    bestkeptsecret said:
    All in the name of "jihad".
    All in the name of a radical ideology by sick individual(s). Full stop.
    It is, but these guys are not too different from others. Just because someone thinks blowing up a bomb in a crowd is sick doesn't mean they won't hurt someone in a more 'civilised' way (as one of countless examples ... those who brought a lawsuit against the baker who wouldn't bake a cake for a homosexual wedding). People are not basically good, we all act on self-serving purposes most of the time, and we all step on other people to accomplish our goals. While blowing people up with a bomb is certainly far worse than something small like cutting in front of others who are waiting, it comes from the same heart.
    Epic false equivalence fail.
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  • Reply 18 of 37
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,052member
    While blowing people up with a bomb is certainly far worse than something small like cutting in front of others who are waiting, it comes from the same heart.
    Possibly the dumbest, stupidest, most insulting post I've read here in a long time. And that's saying a lot.

    Attempting to draw a parallel between a thoughtless person's action and a heinous act of an assassin, a mass murderer, and reducing it to 'certainly far worse' is itself thoughtless and insensitive.

    'The same heart'... A line jumper and suicide bomber/mass murderer are the same except for their actions. So what. What utter bullshit.
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  • Reply 19 of 37
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,052member

    bells said:
    Seems like the brother of the victim shared the story.

    That may be. He may not have been trying to promote the iPhone itself, but to gain as much solace and relief as possible from a devastating and painful situation.

    His sister did survive, but does and will suffer pain, both physical and physiological, for quite some time.

    He's possibly trying to make the best out of a horrific situation, realizing that he may have almost lost his sister, while others lost friends and family.

    AI's use of this as a story may indeed be questionable journalism or not even real journalism at all. But tech sites aren't where I go for world new and journalistic integrity.

    On a less humanitarian note, I wonder what part, if any, did the change in alloys play so I don't take particular offense to this article, though I think it could have been writing with more sensitivity. 
  • Reply 20 of 37
    irelandireland Posts: 17,760member
    Destiny saved her life. Slow Apple news day? 
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