The force of the arrow caused the phone to hit the man's chin, according to the police statement.
The driver held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man, who then allegedly shot at him.
The arrow pierced the phone, saving the man from serious injury.
The incident began when the attacker, carrying a bow and arrow, confronted the man outside his house, police said. The reports further suggest that the arrow struck the iPhone, with the arrowhead partly passing through the device.
He saw a man known to him standing outside his home armed with a bow and arrow, NSW Police said in a statement.
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The 43-year-old first noticed the alleged attacker - armed with a bow and arrow - in the driveway of his home as he left his auto.
The 43-year-old was left with a small laceration that did not require medical treatment. The man picked up his phone to take a picture of the scene when the armed man "was ready to fire", police said.
He was taken to the local police station and charged with intent to commit an indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and malicious damage.
The attacker was granted conditional bail and will have to appear in court in April.