Will the iPhone 5S survive a crush test at the world's largest observation wheel?CNET's Jeff Bakalar visits the High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas to torture-test the gold iPhone 5S. Check it out and see if this smartphone can stand up to the force of the largest wheel in the world.
-All right. Now, it's time for our big test. Jeff Bakalar visited the High Roller, which is the largest or which will be the largest observation wheel in the world when it opens some time in March. That's 110 feet taller than the London Eye and we did a pretty amazing, crazy test like I don't know the results of it, but let's check it out and see what he did. -Hey everyone, I'm Jeff Bakalar here at the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Link. We're gonna see if this poor, innocent, never did anything wrong to no one, iPhone 5S can withstand the force of this monstrosity behind me. It's the biggest observation wheel in the world. The High Roller Observation Wheel is right behind us right here. To explain a little bit and more about the High Roller, Mr. Eric Eberhart is here. He's the general manager. Eric, this is quite the impressive observation. Tell us a little bit about it. -Well, we're very pleased and proud of it. It's 550 feet tall. It's the largest observation wheel in the world as you said. -Right. -We have 28 cabins. Each cabin has a capability of having 40 guests onboard at a single time. These little pods are pretty big. They lay about 44,000 pounds and actually have 8 tons of air-conditioning. -So, how long does it take for the entire wheel to go around 1 revolution? -It's a 30-minute circle. -Wow. -So, it moves just under 1 foot per second. -Okay. -And we're really looking forward to having all the guest join us. -Right on. So, this is opening in March, correct? -Late March. -Okay. So, tell us exactly how we're gonna torture test this iPhone 5S. -We're gonna tape this iPhone to the drive rail and then drive it under one of the traction motors that actually propels the wheel around. -So that's the sort of gutter that the wheels pass through to make this-- -Correct. -whole thing turn around. -Yeah. And these tires are held down with about 5,000 pounds of force. -iPhone 5S. It's pretty delicate. -Yup. -My money's on it will be fine. -My money is on my 5,000 pounds of pressure on the tire. -Yeah. You know, you'd be surprised what Foxconn can put together, okay. -I believe you. -All right, we're gonna go check this out and I kinda feel bad for this phone already. Let's see what happens. Here's the handoff, Eric. Bye. Sorry. -Thank you. -The time is now. Let's hit it, boys. Okay, here it comes. Got a good feeling. Oh man, look-- just listen. Just listen. Ooh, ooh. I think it's gonna be okay. I think it's all right. All right. Thank you, sir. All right, we're gonna bring this back to the stage. All right, back to you guys on the CNET stage. -All right. So, we have the box, this iPhone 5. You guys think this thing survived or what? No-- -I really think-- -Let's see. -I don't know. Let's see what happens. -Let's open it up. This is the magic box. I heard cracking. It's sounding-- -Everything is in here. I see tape and I see iPhone 5S. -Wow, look at that. -Look at that? -What do you think of the screen? -Look at that. -Look at that. -The only thing that you can see here, guys, is if you turn to the screen off and on here, there's a few-- there's a couple artifacts right there. You guys saw that? That's about it. -Wow. -So, I'm gonna hold on to this.