Does the sport still have glass screen and SS have Sapphire screen?

akm3

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In the original Watch, one of the differentiators between the Sport and the "Watch" (that was default Stainless Steel name) was the Sport had Ion-X glass and the Watch had Sapphire glass for the display.

Now it says all the watches have "Ceramic and Sapphire backs" but no mention to the fronts.

It makes me wonder if all the watches use Ion-X glass now and none have sapphire fronts. Is this clarified anywhere?
 

Relentless Power

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In the original Watch, one of the differentiators between the Sport and the "Watch" (that was default Stainless Steel name) was the Sport had Ion-X glass and the Watch had Sapphire glass for the display.

Now it says all the watches have "Ceramic and Sapphire backs" but no mention to the fronts.

It makes me wonder if all the watches use Ion-X glass now and none have sapphire fronts. Is this clarified anywhere?
Go to Apple‘s website and under tech specs, it will tell you exactly what you’re looking for. The sport model Apple Watch does _not_ have the Sapphire display, it uses the Ion-X Glass, only the stainless uses Sapphire displays. All the Series 4 Apple Watches have ceramic backings.

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Vanilla35

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Go to Apple‘s website and under tech specs, it will tell you exactly what you’re looking for. The sport model Apple Watch does _not_ have the Sapphire display, it uses the Ion-X Glass, only the stainless uses Sapphire displays. All the Series 4 Apple Watches have ceramic backings.

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Just here to say that that back looks sexy ;)
 

Lennyvalentin

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Now it says all the watches have "Ceramic and Sapphire backs" but no mention to the fronts.
Text on the rear of the case actually still states the display material. Stainless watches get sapphire crystal, alu watches get ion-x glass.

Check here for some pictures of a space black stainless watch for example: https://www.ablogtowatch.com/apple-watch-series-4/

You can find other pics on the web showing the back of the alu watch, if you're interested. :)
 

Mabus51

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The face is ionX glass. The back is sapphire & ceramic. Sapphire was needed for better results on the ECG feature. It’s also the reason for the increased price on the aluminum model.
 

eagleglen

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Go to Apple‘s website and under tech specs, it will tell you exactly what you’re looking for. The sport model Apple Watch does _not_ have the Sapphire display, it uses the Ion-X Glass, only the stainless uses Sapphire displays. All the Series 4 Apple Watches have ceramic backings.

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The photo does provide the information the OP asked for, but the tech specs from Apple for the series 4 do not mention what the screen of either watch is made of, which is odd since it was so touted years before.

Here’s the link: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP778?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
 

Relentless Power

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The photo does provide the information the OP asked for, but the tech specs from Apple for the series 4 do not mention what the screen of either watch is made of, which is odd since it was so touted years before.

Here’s the link: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP778?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Actually, Apples website _does_ indeed mention the Ion-X Glass for the aluminum model dispay, see attached photo Below:

Also, under the mobile app, if you select the stainless steel Apple Watch, it also does in fact list the stainless Apple Watch includes a sapphire display.

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eagleglen

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I searched the website for it so you must have found it somewhere I couldn’t find, and I didn’t look thought the store app because it usually contains a condensed version of what’s on the website. Good catch, but I do think it’s odd that Apple didn’t include the detail on the page where you compare the watch models, or have a link on the main product page to the tech specs.
 
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