iPhone XR How durable is the camera lens?

TheBrokenBee

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I understand that not the purest of the sapphires but is extremely scratch resistant. How resistant is it to shattering? My gf has a habit of removing her case regularly to clean her phone. I noticed that the way she removes the case is by removing the top right corner by pushing with her fingers on her lens and peeling the case back.

Would that cause any damage to her lens at all? Would it cause the lens to break?
 

akash.nu

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If you’re concerned about getting it damaged why don’t you just ask her to change the way she does it?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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TheBrokenBee

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If you’re concerned about getting it damaged why don’t you just ask her to change the way she does it?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I did - I just wanted to ask about the possibility of damage - no specific concern really.
 

New_Mac_Smell

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If your girlfriend manages to break the lens glass by pushing on it, then I think you've got bigger problems...

It's fine.
 

Relentless Power

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I understand that not the purest of the sapphires but is extremely scratch resistant. How resistant is it to shattering? My gf has a habit of removing her case regularly to clean her phone. I noticed that the way she removes the case is by removing the top right corner by pushing with her fingers on her lens and peeling the case back.

Would that cause any damage to her lens at all? Would it cause the lens to break?
Slightly strange why you’re concerned about your girlfriend’s phone. Anyways, no, there really isn’t any type of damage you could cause by pushing on the camera module, it would have to be an extensive amount of force to do any damage internally or externally that would crack the sapphire lens cover.
 

fred98tj

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Slightly strange why you’re concerned about your girlfriend’s phone. Anyways, no, there really isn’t any type of damage you could cause by pushing on the camera module, it would have to be an extensive amount of force to do any damage internally or externally that would crack the sapphire lens cover.
It’s not a “sapphire lens cover”. It a glass lens cover that’s coated with a microscopic thin layer of very impure sapphire (barely qualifies as “sapphire”). :).
 

Thai

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JerrryRig did a test and it came out to be sort of an impure sapphire scratched at around Mohs 6.
Jerryrig did not scratch the sapphire...he shattered it. It is pure sapphire. It is just a thin layer of it. So what appears as scratch is actually micro-shatter of the layer. The sapphire is to prevent scratches from wear and tear stuff.
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And if you google you’ll find other information.
Never believe marketing fully. :p
As noted above, it is sapphire. Synthetic sapphire. JerryRig made micro-cracks in the sapphire with his pick. He applied too much pressure with his pic and thus shattered the thin layer of sapphire which superficially appears as scratch.

This is why JerryRig also said same about Apple Watch sapphire....but when Consumer Reports tested Apple Watch, they confirmed Mohs 9.
 

fred98tj

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And it scratches at the same level as glass (moh 6/7) and “cracks” at a lower level than glass %(since, as far as I’m aware, a phone glass panel or lens cover has never cracked from his pick action alone).
It’s very impure sapphire (aluminum oxide). :)

Anyway should no worries as I have t seen reports of scratched camera lens covers. :)
 

Thai

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And it scratches at the same level as glass (moh 6/7) and “cracks” at a lower level than glass %(since, as far as I’m aware, a phone glass panel or lens cover has never cracked from his pick action alone).
It’s very impure sapphire (aluminum oxide). :)

Anyway should no worries as I have t seen reports of scratched camera lens covers. :)
Have you ever seen scratched iPhone camera lens in real life? I have not.
 

fred98tj

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My be, however he certainly did his due diligence here, researching the patent, having several sophisticated lab test done, etc..
so “anti Apple” or not, like him or not, the facts stand for themselves here.