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

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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55 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup, $5 says Samsung does the same.

48. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

39. bootroot

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 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

51. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 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...

53. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 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...

55. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

2. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 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

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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!

17. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The answer is : FAKE

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 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

27. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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

35. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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

50. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

36. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

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

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

18. wilsong17 unregistered

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

30. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

33. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

24. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

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

28. Sreddy unregistered

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

4. Furbal unregistered

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

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

10. Furbal unregistered

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.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

15. Furbal unregistered

All of them of course. Since there are zero on the market.

54. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

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