iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier today, we shared a video of what appeared to be the front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 subjected to a limited bending stress test, but YouTube user Marques Brownlee has now acquired the same front panel and subjected it to additional stress tests, including more significant bending and scratching.

    In the video, Brownlee scratches and stabs at the panel with a set of keys and a knife, but is unable to cause any discernible damage to the display. He then goes on to bend it quite forcefully, both with his hands and under a shoe, but the panel does not break.

    Though Brownlee describes the front panel as being made of sapphire crystal in his video, there is no way to confirm that the panel, which has been seen in previous videos and images, is indeed made of sapphire. Corning's Gorilla Glass, which is currently used in iOS devices, also has many of the same properties -- it is both highly scratch resistant and somewhat flexible.

    Rumors have suggested Apple plans to utilize a sapphire display in the iPhone 6 for increased durability and scratch resistance, but it has also been suggested that sapphire could be limited to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 due to supply constraints. In that case, the front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would likely continue to use Gorilla Glass.

    Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone is expected to be released this fall, likely in September. A larger 5.5-inch iPhone is also in the works, but it is unknown whether the device will launch alongside the 4.7-inch version or later in the year. Both devices are said to include an A8 processor and camera improvements.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2014
    This is going to be my first iPhone! :D

    Also, thank you mac rumors for a MK video!
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2013
  6. macrumors member

    One Bad Duck

    Sep 18, 2005
    Panic Over

    The wait is over. GTAT on sale today after UBS downgrades. what an opportunity. what a leak!
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    Thats amazing! He beat the hell out of that piece of glass and it didn't do anything!
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2004
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Ah that's awesome!!! Now we can stop listening to the fandroids assume that the iPhones break more easily.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    If this screen is the same material that would be use on the next iPhone then I am ecstatic. I will no longer need to buy a zagg protector screen.
  11. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Quality is a thing of the past, I guess :(

    Used to be that keys were built strong to survive thousands of uses, a knife would cut whatever you wanted to cut, and a good shoe would never flex like that under the pressure of some random piece of a telephone.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    What are you saying...? This video isn't about the bad quality of keys or good shoes.

    Are you saying that Sapphire is the next best thing in the field of quality rendering old products once labeled "quality" irrelevant?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2013
    I think sarcasm has been rendered irrelevant. :)
  14. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Definitely amazing. I'm afraid this may have the potential to hurt the 3rd party screen protector market. Though I'm sure some people will still want matte/non reflective or privacy films.

    As much as I personally love using Power Support screen protectors myself, I'm excited by the notion of not needing to use one for the next iPhone.

    Can't wait!
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    And the race for best screen technology just got more interesting. Thanks again, Apple. Android manufacturers, your move. (I say this as a fervent supporter of Android).
  16. macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2009
    I'd say phone screens haven't needed screen protectors for a few years now. I bought my last screen protector in about 2011 and have used every device since then without it. Not a single scratch on any of them (I get a new device every year). Of course I don't purposely rub keys and knives on them, but in day to day use it held up just fine.

    Then again, this is one anecdotal experience and obviously it doesn't apply to everyone.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I'd still like to see a flat-drop test from about 5ft.

    Then attach the display panel and perform the same test.

    Many phones (even those from other handset manufacturers) don't fare very well when they land face down.
  18. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    Holy crap, when he bends it under his foot!

    I thought sapphire was supposed to be super rigid and prone to flex fractures. Obviously not.

    I wonder how well it stands up to edge impacts.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Will you blend?
  21. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Impressive. Though will Sapphire still need an oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints? If so, that could still be susceptible to minor scratches.
  22. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    iPhones today, iWatches and MacBooks tomorrow. Good stuff.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    As he pointed out in the video, that's hard to do without the complete phone. However the fact that this panel is so flexible suggests that it would fair quite well in such a test. The rigid nature of glass is what generally causes it to fail on impact.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2011
    Miami, FL

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