Video puts the kibosh on a pure sapphire screen for the Apple iPhone 6?

Video puts the kibosh on a pure sapphire screen for the Apple iPhone 6?
If a video posted to YouTube late Friday is legit, it could confirm recent talk that Apple will restrict, or not use pure sapphire glass on the Apple iPhone 6. The video shows how sandpaper scratches the screen on the Apple iPhone 5s (although not the sapphire covered Touch ID home button). It also shows how the sandpaper scratches what is alleged to be a front panel for the 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6.

With a score of 9 on the Mohs scale of relative hardness, sapphire can be scratched only by a harder material. In the case of sapphire, that would require something with a score of 10, such as a diamond. Since the sandpaper did scratch the purported iPhone 6 screen, there are a few possibilities. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggests that because of cost, only the 64GB version of the 5.5 inch Apple iPhone phablet could take advantage of the material.  Considering that the panel that scratched in the video below has a 4.7 inch screen, Kuo's theory is still alive.

Another possibility is that Apple will not use sapphire at all for the iPhone 6. Or perhaps the front panel being tested is a fake, and is not the legitimate part. One last possibility brought up on the video, is that while the display might not be made of pure sapphire glass, it could be made of a composite material that is harder than Gorilla Glass, but not as strong as sapphire.

We haven't seen an iPhone lost in a bar since the Apple iPhone 4s was picked up off the floor of Cava 22 in San Francisco, so we are due. If that doesn't take place again this year, we will have to wait for Apple to unveil the next iteration of the iPhone, to find out what material is being used on the screen. That should take place in September.



source: MarquesBrownlee via AppleInsider

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37 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

That Arrow took out that Sapphire glass like it was monkey glass. Gorilla gone wild. O.o

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I don't think gorilla glass will be replace soon , sapphire is good but the price here and availabilty to mass produce is not there. I'm still betting gorrilla glass will be here for a long time.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Dragontrail Glass is better.

10. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Dragontrail is not used on any of today's best smartphones except the Xperia Z2 which is overrated and that I will never want.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Dragontrail is better than Gorilla glass3

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Dragontrail glass is six times harder than the normal soda-lime glass while the Gorilla Glass 2 is five times harder . These clearly is, that the Dragontrail is better than the Gorilla Glass 2.

15. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

6x harder is almost nothing. Go check out the strongest Tempered Glass ones, they are as hard as Diamond.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Dragointrail glass was used on: Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2. Also Dragointrail glass was used on 2014 World Cup player benches! :)

19. steedsofwar unregistered

So what's the point of this so called sapphire glass? It scratches less than GG3 but still scratches plenty. What won't scratch that 'composite' sapphire probably also won't scratch GG3. If this is really the sapphire that Apple uses then I'm hugely dissappointed. Kudos to MKBD for the informative video.

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

One of the reasons why I think that Apple chosen Sapphire Glass is because word Sapphire sounds "load" so it is good for marketing because tech incompetent consumers will be thinking that it is made of real Sapphire while it is not. :)

32. steedsofwar unregistered

Exactly! Just like 'Retina Display' is lower resolution to all of its rivals but ordinary consumers are too naive to know the difference, rather they believe Apple's efforts in that regard to be superior than that of the competition.

33. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Contrary to popular belief there are no draconian parts in dragontail glass or primate parts in gorilla glass!

34. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

to be honest, it's very difficult for anyone to find the difference(retina vs full hd or higher) unless you knew the specs beforehand. and sapphire glass is different, it is more scratch resistant than gorilla glass so it's not like a retina display vs 1080p(or higher)...it's not pure sapphire but that would make it less prone to shattering. most of the regular customers don't care about the specs(even the regular android customers), they are more interested in the end result, they don't care if it's sapphire or something else...all they want is a screen that is less prone to scratches.

35. steedsofwar unregistered

My point was that it still scratches badly enough. The 'reduction' in scratching is too negligible to promote as an improvement. If this rumors is true then Apple WILL market it as a huge improvement and undiscerning consumers will swallow it wholesale. Consumers do care about about the end result, and often but not always, spec correlates to a better result. That's why the iPhone uses better processors every year, Apple brags about higher capacity battery for battery life improvements. Then there are some or many consumers who simply pretend they care about a better end result when the end result is worse than the competition, they refuse to acknowledge this. These are called fanboys, and a good example is the iPhone battery life. It is worse than most direct competitors. Another example is the IP rating on some phones. Makes a huge difference to the end result, but some people will not acknowledge this until their favourite company embraces this. Another example is higher detail in pictures taken with a high MP camera. So often, spec does correlate into a better end result. I for one was hoping Apple would lead with pure sapphire, so the rest of the market would have done the same.

36. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Pure sapphire is more brittle and expensive so it would have been a bad idea. Every company has fanboys but I am talking about the regular users. Spec does correlate with the end result many times and so does this new sapphire display on the iPhone when compared to gorilla glass but not always and it's the end result and the customer support that matters the most. Even if they would have added a pure sapphire display... Only some apple fanboys on the internet would have bragged about it, most of the regular apple customers wouldn't have cared about it. When the devices with a7 processors were released, some apple fanboys bragged about the fact that it was a 64 bit processor and apple was the first to introduce phones with 64 bit processors...when some articles suggested that 64 bit isn't useful when you only have 1gb ram ..then many readers started liking it even more because it was so fast even though it wasn't running at it's full potential. But neither the regular users didn't care about it...they were more interested in the fingerprint scanner. If the rumors happen to be true then it's the screen size that would make more headlines than the material used for the screen.

37. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

*but the regular users* (I have accidentally typed the word 'neither')

2. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

It's crazy how expectations affect our view. I mean factually it's harder than the Gorilla Glass, which is a welcome improvement, but just because people are expecting sapphire, I can foresee many of them would still get disappointed.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Harder, but more brittle. But I think only a small percentage of people are even aware is the sapphire rumor. Some of them may be disappointed if it doesn't pan out, but numerically it won't be a lot of people. And Apple has a rabid core audience who simply cannot be disappointed by anything they do. Again, it's a small portion of their overall base, but it's a very vocal one. They'll be proselytizing on forums like this about how is the best screen possible no matter what its made from.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

exactly... may be they will consider it made out of cripton, the stone of super man's planet

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Made for prestige, Sapphire glass.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still waiting for a drop test I haven't seen many scratch GG3/DT phones, but I've seen plenty of shattered GG3/DrT phones

6. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

People underestimate the power of sand! Ceramics can also easily scratch sapphire.

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I use ceramics to sharpen all my knives, I collect.

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Same to, for my: Global 12inch chef knife, Kasumi and Wastuf 70layers stainless steel.

7. justmc12

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

I want a dollar for every publication about the iPhone 6 which make everyday here! :)

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I also want a dollar

24. gutuebogdan

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

Make them 10 $ and I am in :)

8. RajRicardo

Posts: 495; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

That's why I like Marques Brownlee .

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He's an Android, Fandroid guy. I like him.

18. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

He is not biased though, A quality which can be only seen in a very small number of people around here.

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