Sapphire glass panel from an Apple Watch gets hammered and drilled on video; does it scratch?

Sapphire glass panel from an Apple Watch gets hammered and drilled on video; does it scratch?
With the Apple Watch officially launching two weeks from tomorrow, wouldn't you like to know how durable Apple's smartwatch is? You should expect the timepiece to hold up under most situations. After all, outside of the entry-level Apple Watch Sport (which is utilizing Ion-X glass), the display on the watch is sapphire glass. If you remember all those months ago when the Apple iPhone 6 was rumored to include a sapphire display, we told you that sapphire is the second hardest material on earth after diamonds.

Apple already has employed sapphire glass to protect the rear camera on the iPhone, and to protect the Touch ID components embedded in the home buttons of the iPhone and iPad. With Apple expanding its use of the material on the Apple Watch, a company called iPhonefixed (can you guess what they do?) decided to see just how well sapphire glass holds up on the Apple Watch.

While iPhonefixed couldn't get its hands on the Apple Watch, it did get its hands on one of the sapphire panels that is used on the device. The screen gets rubbed against a brick wall, scratched by a coin, a key and sandpaper. A hammer is even used to try to scratch the display (although the taps did seem to be light). Finally, the piece de resistance. A power drill was called upon in an attempt to damage the screen. Bottom line? No scratches were created and the sapphire display was in perfect condition.

If this test is legit, it bodes well for the durability of the Apple Watch. It also means that those wearing the device on their wrist can go through their normal activities without worrying every two seconds about scratching or cracking the display on their new smartwatch.

source: via BenjaminMayo, BGR



1. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Is this even real? I feel this guy over sold it and well why didnt he show after scratching on the bricks, then again after banging with hammer, before drilling. It was all also real lightly done for my tastes. But how do you obtain only a panel of the watch ????

2. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

hope other hardcore youtubers will take care of this !!

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The tiny taps with the hammer were a joke.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

so much bs the hammer part and the drill looked like a crappy ryobi drill with a flat steel drill bit, a bit that can barely go through drywall. and we have all seen the iphone camera glass break on drop tests. watches cracking screens is not due to that stuff its from a sharp impact like mine with a rock that shot up while i was hammer drilling 8 thousand pound grade concrete thats is what cracks them.

33. obedchuni

Posts: 337; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

are you blind can't you see it,

3. NikkiGirl

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

It was as if he was trying not to damage the glass...

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's a watch young lady. At best it will only be protecting it from scratches. You won't be pulling this out of your pocket and dropping it. It will be strapped to your wrist.

6. NikkiGirl

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Yes but what is the point of this video then if he's not even putting any effort to scratch/break the glass? It's like he's trying to say that the glass is really strong yet put no effort in to damage it.

10. Sauce5 unregistered

Do you walk past office desks slam-gliding your wrists across the edges with your watch on like Will Ferrel would do in The Other Guys? Do you slam or scratch up againt the toilet paper holster when reaching for some teepee? Do you grind your watch against the pavement when you drop your keys? Matter a fact, do you shove your wrist in your pocket when reaching for your keys like youre moving a shake-weight? Etc etc etc. This is a practical test. I didnt see anyone complaining about the S6 scratch test posted on this site lmao. Dude looked like he was trying to have his keys passionately french kiss the glass. Are you sure you arent being biased, since Apple did such a fine job on their watch displays? All scratch tests like this (iP6, S6, N4, Apple Watch etc) are practical.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're right, no one does this...purposefully. But accidents can and do happen. I've accidentally banged my wrist against a solid course object before, not because I was trying to, but by accident. So if you're going to test how well something protects against those things, test them how they would happen. Put the panel over a regular watch and bang it against a table or chair, etc. No one intentionally runs their car into a light pole or a wall, but they do testing for things like that.

17. Sauce5 unregistered

Completely agree, accidents do happen. But like I said in comment 16, he has no access to the actual watch, which would give us clearer results. Hitting a hammer with more force than he did against the Apple Watch display only is hilarity at its finest in the "crash test" world. With the body and frame in uniformly in tact, this will give us better results and a clearer understanding. Car companies don't put their suppliers (or their own) windshields on 4 shopping cart wheels and drive them into walls, or chuck pebbles thru a tennis ball feeder at the glass only. All this is tested on a final product to give a more accurate answer, as the entirety of the products success or failure is based upon relying components/variables. etc. Hitting the hammer at the force he did was appropriate given the one of many factors he only had to test, or, "use what he can".

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Which is why I said the next best thing to testing the actual watch is securing it to an existing watch. And no matter how much you test something like a drop test or impact test, no two tests will ever be exactly alike, where one will fail and the next won't. So in that case what's the point of testing at all. But testing it the way he did, he might as well have not invested in a piece of sapphire at all. He would've been better off saving money and picking up an actual watch than doing what he did. And many places that test out things like this will test them first in real world conditions, and if they pass that, take extreme measures to see what can cause a failure. That in turn can tell you if the damage is actual or intentional when a warranty claim is brought.

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

should have put it on the ground and dropped a handful of stones on it then a little harder, because thats what cracks them, take it from smartwatch owners like me in construction areas or home diy guys

20. gaming64 unregistered

Sadly, many fanboys still think this is an advantage. A device is meant to be handled with care, not destroyed.

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You can handle something with care all you want, does that mean it will never be damaged? In the real world, stuff breaks, no matter how careful someone is.

32. gaming64 unregistered

Which is why you handle it with care

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're missing the point. No matter how careful you are, stuff happens. Better to have a device that can handle the unexpected rather than something can't. You can be the most careful driver around, and still get into an accident. Better to have a car that will protect you if an accident happens rather than one that wouldn't hold up and you end up paralyzed or dead through no fault of your own.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Seeing how i've broken sapphire crystal face on my old watch before i can tell you that it does happen What's the point of bringing in "hammer" and "drill" when no effort is being put into utilizing those tools properly

16. Sauce5 unregistered

Unfortunately, he doesn't have access to an Apple Watch, so he can not do an extremely more accurate test with the watch on his hand, or dropping it. It does give us clarity on generality of the display though without the frame and body supporting the watch.

21. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Well considering i don't imagine anyone will be wearing an Apple Watch and smacking it with a hammer, nor will they be taking a drill to it, id say the tester shouldn't put full force behind it as that is not gonna happen when its on someones wrist to begin with. They used different materials/tools to attempt to scratch the glass, which it didn't, which is good considering the cost. The point from the test is to show that during NORMAL everyday use, it should hold up well.

22. Sauce5 unregistered

What's the point of hammering and drilling with excessive force when you only have a piece of sapphire screen pinned up against a brick? Do people do drop tests with Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 glass screens only, or do they do the actual tests with the full device?

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did you watch the same video as everyone else? Did you see how he did tiny taps with a small hammer. That was a joke.

26. Sauce5 unregistered

Did you see the comments posted like everyone else? Did you see the reasons and beliefs posted? What a joke.

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

trust me young boy you will hit this on the walls as you go around the corner on anything on your side with the watch.

40. stealthd unregistered

Lolwut. How is rubbing it with sandpaper, hitting it with a hammer, pressing a power drill into it "trying not to damage the glass"?

4. memeON1

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

All i can say is that, if it's not covered warranty then there's no assurance


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Bulls**t this is Apple propaganda! You can scratch sapphire glass, I know it from experience! I have a watch with sapphire glas, and I have scratches on it, minor but still scratches!

25. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

then it's not sapphire glass. Have you considered the possibility that you've been lied to?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sorry to say but my watch has 100% sapphire glas! And yes you can scratch sapphire it is not scratcg proof! Did you ever tried scratching sapphire glass? Guess not!

8. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

B to the S. Pigs can fly too. lol

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