Any difference between Sapphire glass and Sport glass?

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    For those that have tried the watch, is there any noticable difference in appearance or feel between the Sapphire crystal on the SS vs the glass used on the Sport?
     
  2. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    I heard from other posters that you cannot see any difference between the 2....When they are both new at least. Ion glass may scratch over time...Sapphire cannot be scratched with anything other then a diamond.
     
  3. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Initially they will look nearly identical. Look a few years later and one will probably have scratches and the other will not.
     
  4. Munky macrumors 6502

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    I thought the sapphire was a bit more reflective...almost to the point of annoyance.
     
  5. SixtyK macrumors 6502a

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    I have read articles claiming the Ion-X glass was selected for the Sport watch because it is lighter weight than the sapphire crystal.

    I have also read that the sapphire crystal has a Mohs hardness rating of 9.5 (diamond is 10) but have not found any information on the actual hardness of the Ion-X glass.
     
  6. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    Does not take a diamond to scratch it. Rub it in a rock and find out.
     
  7. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I did not notice much weight trying in the apple watch SS with sapphire glass. Tried both sizes.

     
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    That person missed the video of it taking a drill bit successfully.
     
  10. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    You can rub the sapphire screen over a stucco wall lined with sandpaper & volcanic rock and it still won't scratch.
     
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Some types of sandpaper will scratch it. But you'd have to really be trying to scratch that sapphire to scratch it.
     
  12. robrandtoul macrumors member

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    I believe it's also the case that while the screen is laminated to the sapphire of the Watch and Edition models, it's not laminated to the glass of the Sports model. It's possible to see an air gap on the Sport as a result.

    Taken from http://www.apple.com/watch/technology/

    "On most Apple Watch models, the display is laminated to a machined and polished single crystal of sapphire."
     
  13. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It's still laminated on the Sport, there is no reason apple would switch up an entire manufacturing process with no benefit to be had. I think the marketing line you're referencing is just their way of saying "2/3rds of the models we offer have a sapphire screen."
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Some sandpaper has diamond dust embededing. ;)
     
  15. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Exactly. ;)

    Another thing people don't realize is that there are substances other than diamond that are harder than sapphire, diamond is just considered the next benchmark on the scale.
     
  16. VinylStar macrumors newbie

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    Sapphire can also scratch itself.
     
  17. dotnet macrumors 6502a

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    But can it lick its own elbow?
     
  18. RonPlus6, Apr 17, 2015
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    I read in a MacWorld post and other articles that the Sport is actually stronger than the Edition. The sport is marketed more to sports enthusiast and the Edition is to be more of a special occasion watch. The sapphire is more prone to cracking than the Gorilla Glass.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/2605084/faq-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-apple-watch.html
     
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    Ion-X is Apple's fancy name for Gorilla Glass. Maybe that will help?
     
  21. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    It WILL scratch, but the scratches will (in most cases) be too fine to be noticeable with the naked eye - unless you really keep at it for a long time, then they'll accumulate and make the display look increasingly hazy. ...But why would any sane person do that?

    Everything wears and scratches, they just do it at different rates depending on the material.
     
  22. Gooberton macrumors 65816

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    Think again. A rock will not scratch it. Only diamond or sapphire
     
  23. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Or anything in between those hardness ratings....

    Not to say they are common, but I wouldn't wear it at the beach as sand is full of different minerals that you come across.
     
  24. chillg8r macrumors regular

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    FWIW, I have a watch that has a sapphire crystal face that is ~25 years old and it looks like the day I got it. The first few years I wore this watch everyday, playing sports, working out, working in the yard etc.
     

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  25. nathanjbrown macrumors regular

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    During my try on appointment, I thought the screen was more vibrant and/or glossy on the SS Watch (sapphire). And considering I walked in favoring the Sport Watch, I'm fairly certain my experience wasn't the result of bias.*

    *After that try on appointment, I went home and ordered the SS Watch.

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    Wow. That's pretty awesome. Nice watch. I dig Rado.
     

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