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iPhone 6's 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display tortured on video

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iPhone 6's 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display tortured on video
Earlier today, we showed you a video that seemingly confirmed the screen size of Apple’s next-generation iPhone (most likely called iPhone 6): 4.7 inches. Now, two other videos showed up, this time allowing us to see that the alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 front panel is very durable, being made with sapphire crystal.

Previously, we heard that Apple would use sapphire crystal only for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, but it looks like this isn’t true, and the 4.7-inch model will get the same treatment.

As you’ll see below, the first video comes from MKBHD, and reportedly shows an iPhone 6 front panel that's been taken from Apple’s assembly line (so it’s not a dummy unit). The panel was tortured with a knife and some keys, and no scratches were found after that. The panel has also been bent, and it looks like it’s really flexible. The second video was posted by well-known Apple insider Sonny Dickson - who, in fact, seems to have provided the panel seen in MKBHD’s video, too. 

Apple will probably announce the new iPhone 6 in September. What do you think, can this ultra-durable, flexible sapphire crystal front panel be one of its key selling points?


sources: YouTube (1), (2)

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posted on 07 Jul 2014, 19:48 10

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Props to Apple for bringing sapphire crystal tech to smartphone displays.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:04 1

31. Finalflash (Posts: 1436; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Now we just hope they bring it to light with all they have promised and these leaks to actually have merit. Otherwise it might just all be test parts that were never intended to be used in retail products. The only issue with the iPhone 6 that I see happening now is that it might be ugly and will probably have bad battery life since it has to be so thin for some reason. Also, it might have a low brightness because of the single light source they mentioned earlier. We're close enough to release though, so might as well wait and see.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:07 4

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3216; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yup, $5 says Samsung does the same.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:23 2

48. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Corning would beg to differ. Apple's move to sapphire is competition to Gorilla Glass. Expect Corning to release GG4, which comes close to sapphire in features but costs less. This is what competition looks like.

Move and counter-move. In the end, the consumer benefits.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 23:23

39. bootroot (Posts: 35; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Saphire is not bendable, so it is like gorilla glass thing plastic.

He had to try to do these tortures wirh gorilla you would be astonished oh gorilla is thought

http://youtu.be/MYaQnvVwStc?t=2m34s

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 08:39

51. marcski07 (Posts: 187; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


can i ask a question? is there a custom keyboard that is ABC DEF GHI format instead of QWERTY? if so, that would be nice for a large screen phone and the keyboard are only at the side of the screen where your thumb can reach all the buttons for texting... and depends on what side you want it to be, either you are left handed or right handed and you can re-size the keyboard to match your thumb size and perfect for you to operate...

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 08:42

53. marcski07 (Posts: 187; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


can i ask a question? is there a custom keyboard that is ABC DEF GHI format instead of QWERTY? if so, that would be nice for a large screen phone and the keyboard are only at the side of the screen where your thumb can reach all the buttons for texting... and depends on what side you want it to be, either you are left handed or right handed and you can re-size the keyboard to match your thumb size and perfect for you to operate...

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 18:42

55. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Only that THIS , on this fake video IS NOT sapphire crystal .
Check it out - sapphire crystal CAN NOT bend, like the diamond can't.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 19:52 8

2. tettech (Posts: 42; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


There is absolutely no need for screen protector. Time to go commando with the next iPhone 6.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:12 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 946; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Nope, sapphire will still shatter when dropped
In fact sapphire is probably more likely to shatter compared to gorilla glass since sapphire is harder

Video is pretty impressive, but nothing that we haven't seen from gorilla glass (except maybe more flexible)

I'm more interested in third party sapphire screen protectors, so you have a screen protector that doesn't get scratched, and if it shatters you can easily replace it

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:23 9

12. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Dude how long did it take you to come up with that lame excuse? The fact that he could not even break it after he put it under his shoe is proof enough. No small drop from a pocket or ear will break this. You would have to really slam this on the ground to shatter it with that type of bend ability. Who is going to do that with their phone? The whole point is to keep it from shattering under normal use. On top of all of this, it's scratch resistant. You are just really butt hurt right now. Lol!

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:38

17. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


The answer is :

FAKE

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:03

23. vincelongman (Posts: 946; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lol just trying to be unbiased

I did say the extra flexibility was impressive, but the knife and key scratch testing is pretty standard for gorilla glass or dragontrail

He didn't drop test the new sapphire display which he couldn't because he doesn't have the iPhone 6
It will still shatter, sapphire is known to be more likely shatter compared to glass

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:21 1

27. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


If it bends like that it can not shatter like a glass

So it's not sapphire.
It's FAKE

like the mockup before on the same video

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:25 1

35. blazee (Posts: 251; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


says who you cant bend saphire? I do remember watching a video on this site where someone from gorilla glass tested a saphire screen and it was more prone to shatter than gorilal glass though. But the nagain they just might have been biased

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 08:07

50. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Says SCIENCE!!

Sapphire is a crystal. It is a very hard crystal, second only to diamond, so it's great for scratch resistance. It is anything but bendable. Don't let fanboyism get in the way of facts.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:37

36. needa (Posts: 30; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


glass doesn't bend from the sides. not every impact is going to come from the front.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 19:53 7

3. fzacek (Posts: 1210; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is just an excuse for Apple to overcharge for the next iPhone as per usual...

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:39 2

18. wilsong17 (Posts: 725; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Agree ifan are like omg I'm paying 100 dollar extra for the display

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:03

30. Finalflash (Posts: 1436; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Kind of true, but would you not also pay $100 more for that kind of durability (if all that is promised is delivered). They might also up the memory on the base models and what not so that might add some more value too. I actually want to see this thing come to fruition with all these promises. It would be a great phone for my dad because you can never be too careful (I wouldn't buy one for myself, but it still has purpose).

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:07

33. ikenvape (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 May 2014)


That's actually true. Apple did report months ago that they are breaking away from the subsidiary standard pricing.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:10 8

24. Vexify (Posts: 166; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


This is just an excuse for haters like you to comment rubbish.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:36

28. Sreddy (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


i agree.. money goes out their pocket, whats in it your *** lol

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:03 1

4. Furbal (Posts: 227; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The bending was pretty nice. Let's see sand with 40lb per square inch applied to it to simulate a dusty pocket

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:13 3

6. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Da heck are you talking about?!? No dusty pocket or drop from your pocket is going to crack this screen. Even on concrete. If you slam it on the corner then maybe, but who will do that in real life. Your just mad Samsung is not willing to put up the money for this. They can't even release a metal phone.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:16 3

10. Furbal (Posts: 227; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Da heck you talking about? Ive own almost every flagship released in the U.S. I'm no Samsung fanboy.

Large soft metals are not going to scratch most phone screens, that's just a fact.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:25

13. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Which one had a sapphire display with this type of durability? Ummm, that's what I thought.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:27 1

15. Furbal (Posts: 227; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


All of them of course.

Since there are zero on the market.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 11:38 1

54. tedkord (Posts: 4275; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


A drop could very easily crack it. There are videos of the Galaxy S5 being run over by SUVs and the screen didn't break, but they can still crack when dropped. There is also a video showing that GG3 is more bendable and can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure without breaking, but a phone display can still crack when dropped. Sapphire glass is more easily cracked than Gorilla Glass.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:13 4

7. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


come on. we all know knives and keys never scratch today's smartphone screens. It's just (pocket) lint that leaves scratch marks.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:14 5

8. rkoforever90 (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


finally something from apple which impressed me after a very very long time

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:16

9. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Fake.
(just like the mockup before)

Sapphire IS NOT bendable.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:27 6

14. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Damn dude, just say your impressed. It's much easier than the route you're trying to take.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:43 1

20. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"IMRESSED" of what?

Some guy is pressing some plastic

Every kid knows that sapphire easier shatter. Doesn't bend AT ALL

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:12 1

25. Vexify (Posts: 166; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Someone is mad.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 00:50 1

41. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


u r definately fanboy but y u try harder ? it doesnt matter what u do apple still big company and iphone still sell I advice u stop your fanboy comments and respect others' opinions

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:17

11. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Robots be like, " gorilla glass 4 is better" lol! This was after a million comments stating that sapphire was brittle.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:48 1

21. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


And it IS brittle !!!!

But this on the video is FAKE. Not sapphire AT ALL.
So , fake was the mockup too . Right?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:38 1

16. wilsong17 (Posts: 725; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


!fan be like I got sapphire crystal I feel so especial

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:41 1

19. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


ifans laughing at you on google trying to see if Samsung is interested in this. Enjoy that Katchup!

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:13 1

34. ikenvape (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 May 2014)


That is one of the most ignorant posts I ever read man. All platforms have something great that entices others to copy which is a great thing. Competition in any industry is a good thing. Your comment though, is ignorant and ghetto as hell.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 01:23

43. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


y u angry lol ?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:52 2

22. Diezparda (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


simply install tempered glass protector over your screen?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:13

26. Vexify (Posts: 166; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Tempered glass is a waste of money.

I currently have on, and it already has about 3 long hairline cracks in it. Waste of $40. Better off getting a pack of 3 high quality screen protectors for $40.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:48 1

37. vincelongman (Posts: 946; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I have had my tempered glass screen protector for about a year now
Still no scratches or cracks
Also it was only $15 as well

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:53

29. HildyJ (Posts: 86; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


The bendy video is completely bogus.

To quote a manufacturer of sapphire glass (Rayotek): "[Sapphire glass] cannot be bent, molded, drawn or melt-fused like glasses and metals. Sapphire can only be ground and mechanically polished." (http://www.rayotek.com/techincal_info_glass_sapph​ire.htm)

You use sapphire because metal (Including chromium plated keys) and minerals up through quartz (as found in sand and dirt) will not scratch it - not because it's at all flexible. It's why my 40 year old Omega watch doesn't have a scratch on it.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:51 1

38. gehrig (Posts: 130; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I wish I could say that Apple found some cool, new version of sapphire, but I can't. SAPPHIRE DOESN'T BEND!! That's probably just treated plastic.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 02:51

45. Iodine (Posts: 154; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah after so many rumors about a crazy new materials (not just saphire) used for the iPhone 6 display they are going to downgrade to plastic just because it bends easily.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 00:43

40. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


great thing about front panel is side bezel size I like it . Im looking forward to buy iphone 6 it will be my first iphone I just wanna try it out ofcourse with my new android phone ( maybe nexus 6)

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 00:58

42. psychoid (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


how long before the glass and the phone are one and the same?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 02:49

44. Iodine (Posts: 154; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Good point, isn't this the entire iPhone 6 ???

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 03:26

46. TruthSpeaker (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I REALLY dislike Apple products, primarily because of the nature of the company and the people who use the products.

Although I'm very curious to see a sapphire glass covered screen, because I've been hugely impressed by the watches I've had with a sapphire glass (although when used in watches it is quite thick.) But as stated above sapphire glass doesn't bend, so what is shown is obviously not saphire glass.

An with what apple likes to charge for replacement parts, I'm curious to see what they'd charge for a replacement screen for the 5.5" model. Pictures customer going into istore with a broken screen, an being asked to drop trousers and bend over.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:03

47. Bigtalker (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 May 2014)


Why do the people who write articles on this site NEVER do fact checking before writing an article or posting videos?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:40

49. mcaleer1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


What is the point of a scratch test if the material used to attempt to scratch is a softer material than the glass. Try it again with sand.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 08:41 1

52. marcski07 (Posts: 187; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


asdasd

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