Watch how the iPhone 6 sapphire crystal display holds up in this scratch and bending test

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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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  • Casey Threadgill

    Truly impressive (to me anyway) how far and hard he was bending that screen glass.

    • Jimjamurface

      That was really crazy when he put his foot on it and started bending the sapphire.

  • Mikasa Ackerman

    I don’t want to hear anything about a cracked screen, titans.

  • gaucho

    the problem broken screen if it is really just sapphire

  • Wade Epperson

    I’m hopeful to see how this actually holds up what’s funny the gorilla glass has held up better than the camera lens lol

  • Fantur

    I seriously hate this rounded corner design, it’s just like the iPhone 5c. I got the 5S for a reason, I like the clean cut, sharp edges of the phone but man they literally just recycled an old idea and made it a little bigger. I’ve been an iOS mobile device user for years, since the first iPhone, but man, this looks like I might be skipping this generation.