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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
 

One Bad Duck

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Panic Over

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

iansilv

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Thats amazing! He beat the hell out of that piece of glass and it didn't do anything!
 

bwillwall

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Ah that's awesome!!! Now we can stop listening to the fandroids assume that the iPhones break more easily.
 

Dannyunltd

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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.
 

nagromme

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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.
 

afsnyder

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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.

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?
 

Hairllama

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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?

I think sarcasm has been rendered irrelevant. :)
 

Icaras

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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!
 

usamaah

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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).
 

Agent-P

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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!

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.
 

TheRealTVGuy

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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.
 

cere

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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.
 

APlotdevice

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Impressive. Though will Sapphire still need an oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints? If so, that could still be susceptible to minor scratches.
 

APlotdevice

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Very impressive. Bring on the drop tests!

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.
 
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