Just because Felix Baumgartner set records by jumping from 128,000 feet doesn’t mean he has a lock on stratospheric freefall stunts: see G-Form’s latest video (after the break) as proof. In keeping with the tradition of launching a case line and then subjecting it to abuse on camera, the company dropped a new Xtreme iPhone 5 case from a balloon that reached 100,000 feet before it and its payload — which actually happened to be a 5th gen iPod touch — fell to the Nevada desert. Not surprisingly, that we’re hearing about the story means the drop went as planned — apart from needing some time to warm up after a plunge through -60F skies, the MP3 player emerged in fine shape. Is the freefall a publicity play that won’t affect how anyone uses an Xtreme in real life? You bet. Still, it’s one of the more dramatic drop tests we’ll witness, and evidence the case can take some exceptional abuse; after all, it’s not every day that our mobile devices reach terminal velocity.
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G-Form drops an iPod touch in a case from 100,000 feet, rivals Felix’s antics (video)