While there have been various component leaks for the oft-rumored iPhone 6 over the past several months, it was not until this afternoon that the purported front panel was put under a scratch and bending test. The alleged sapphire crystal display, which is said to be an official iPhone component obtained from the well-connected Sonny Dickson, was subjected to deep pressure from a knife and keys.
The results were impressive, with the iPhone 6 front panel going largely unscathed despite an unrealistic amount of scratching, stabbing and even bending under a shoe. Then again, the results are not all that surprising, given that sapphire crystal is an extremely durable material. Apple already uses sapphire crystal for its rear-facing camera lens, to ensure that it remains in good condition for capturing photos.
The scratch and bend test was performed by video producer Marques Brownlee:
As mentioned by MacRumors, it is important to note that there is no way to confirm that the screen is actually made from sapphire crystal. Corning’s Gorilla Glass used in current-generation iPhones has similar properties as sapphire crystal, as both materials are scratch-resistant and somewhat flexible. Multiple reports claim that a sapphire crystal screen will be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone.
Just hours ago, a similar video surfaced that shows the purported iPhone 6 sapphire crystal display under a flexibility test. While the screen was not subjected to too much pressure, it remained fully in tact when bent.
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 6 in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models in September.
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