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Old Jul 7, 2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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iPhone 6 Front Panel Survives Limited Bending Test




Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video.

The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire.

Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers a number of benefits over sapphire, including better resistance to breakage. Some rumors have suggested that sapphire may only used on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so the smaller 4.7-inch model may still include a Gorilla Glass display.

Update 8:18 AM: Dickson has now posted the remainder of the video showing hands-on measurements of the part and comparison to the iPhone 5s.


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Old Jul 7, 2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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The iPhone 5 is too thin, never mind the iPhone 6. I just hope in making it thinner they do in fact make it stronger somehow.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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I don't see the point in this. I'm pretty sure the aluminum on the back will spring right back to its oringal state. Of course apple could make it out of something else but I don't think they will. I just don't think the iPhone 6 will bend at all.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 09:57 AM   #4
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How does this compare to the iPhone 5S front cover with regards to being able to bend like this?
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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The iPhone 5 is too thin, never mind the iPhone 6. I just hope in making it thinner they do in fact make it stronger somehow.
Stronger would be nice. My mom did bend here phone nearly in half. See slammed it in the car door. It was amazing the front didn't break but the back bent way back. The problem is to make it stronger it would at extra weight.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:02 AM   #6
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I just want better battery life ... currently down to 40% from intermittent use as I'm at work, connected to wifi, and it was fully charged at 7:30AM (it's 4PM at the moment).

Not sure how this compares to other smartphones but 12 hours of heavy usage is about my limit. I really love the iPhone but it's crazy to think that a MacBook Air almost has as much battery life. Hope Apple address this in the 6 and really push some innovation with power saving.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:02 AM   #7
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I can't see a reason to bend my iPhone.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:04 AM   #8
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Corning won't be very happy after seeing this. After all they keep claiming that Sapphire is too brittle and cracks easily. Exciting stuff. This could be a scratch-proof (excluding diamond), and nearly shatter-proof screen!
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:05 AM   #9
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Even though the title clearly states it survives, the tension in the video still made me wince haha
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:05 AM   #10
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I can't see a reason to bend my iPhone.
I think this test is to show that the iPhone 6 front cover is not made of Gorilla glass.

But supposedly made of sapphire.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:06 AM   #11
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I don't see the point in this. I'm pretty sure the aluminum on the back will spring right back to its oringal state. Of course apple could make it out of something else but I don't think they will. I just don't think the iPhone 6 will bend at all.
The iPhone 6 will not be designed to bend at all.

This is a stress test. The more 'give' in a material, the less likely it will be to shatter under impact when dropped.

That's the only point of this video.

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Stronger would be nice. My mom did bend here phone nearly in half. See slammed it in the car door. It was amazing the front didn't break but the back bent way back. The problem is to make it stronger it would at extra weight.
I've seen too many threads in the iPhone forum about it being bent.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:07 AM   #13
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A Feeling

Does anyone else have a feeling that the mockups are not going to look like anything Apple is going to release?

I was looking through the archives about what the iPhone 5 would look like and MacRumors was off lol... any one else feel the same way or are we dead on about what the iPhone 6 is going to look like?
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I can see it now....

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That's not the front panel, that IS the iPhone 6.

"Now almost 100% thinner!"
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Does anyone else have a feeling that the mockups are not going to look like anything Apple is going to release?

I was looking through the archives about what the iPhone 5 would look like and MacRumors was off lol... any one else feel the same way or are we dead on about what the iPhone 6 is going to look like?
Around this time in 2012 they were spot on:

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/07/...ands-on-video/
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/08/...-leaked-parts/
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/10/...ample-massing/

Just reading the comments on those articles, lol. History repeats itself

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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:16 AM   #17
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As it is clearly stated. There is nothing to verify if this is indeed sapphire. May be Gorilla Glass in the video.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:18 AM   #18
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This makes me feel better, I guess I didn't dig deep enough lol
I still hope its more mind-blowing than what is predicted on the forums.
The anticipation is too high to measure!
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:30 AM   #19
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Slap the glass against a flat surface and let's see how well it holds up.

After my iPhone 4 busted, the back glass popped off unaffected, so I tested the strength of it by hitting it with a hammer as hard as I could, but it did nothing. However, I dropped the glass from about 12 inches, flat onto a wooden desk, and the entire glass shattered.
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Sony can you please try scratching the screen to see if it is sapphire or not?!!!
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I really love the iPhone but it's crazy to think that a MacBook Air almost has as much battery life. Hope Apple address this in the 6 and really push some innovation with power saving.
Until there's a huge leap forward in battery technology, not much will change. Look at the size of the MacBook Air's screen in relation to its battery size; that's similar to the proportion of the iPhone and its battery.

It might be useful for manufacturers to embed solar cells on a phone, but with a device that spends much of its life in a pocket that might not help much either. We simply need longer lasting batteries for our always-on devices.
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So how much thinner will be the iPhone 6? until now all the rumors point the 7mm mark thin. Now we are targeting 6.7mm ?
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 10:41 AM   #24
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Curious what percentage of iPhone users use no protective case. Maybe the number is higher than I think. My anecdotal experience is that the vast majority of people use a case, point being that in Apple's never-ending zeal to make it thinner and thinner and thinner the "average consumer" doesn't care given they will put it in a case that will, inherently, make it bulky, or at least bulkier.

I'd be thrilled if the width stayed the same or - god forbid - it actually got thicker, and as a result battery life improved and/or storage improved and/or processor improved. The whole thinner-est-most-est makes for about 90 seconds of oohs and ahhs during the release presentation and, at least for me, that's it.
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That's not the front panel, that IS the iPhone 6.
"Now almost 100% thinner!"

I hope that picture carries my humor. I don't want to rain on your parade...
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