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Can the iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass Endure the Sandpaper Test?

A lot of questions arise when the upcoming iPhone is being talked about. Will it be better than its predecessors? W...

Can the iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass Endure the Sandpaper Test?

A lot of questions arise when the upcoming iPhone is being talked about. Will it be better than its predecessors? Will it offer something new? The swirling rumours only add fuel to the fire. Amidst the mania, one gadgets video blogger, Marques Brownlee, decided to take an alleged iPhone 6 model for a test drive and check out its screen durability.

 

The newest iPhone will supposedly fuse glass elements, creating a virtually indestructible surface for the smartphone. Brownlee somehow obtained a material said to be used for the front panel of the phone. No one is actually sure if the sapphire glass will be featured on the iPhone 6 display, but Brownlee put it to the test, just to see. Is it really indestructible? What happened? Drum roll...

 

 

Aaand-- it failed. Marques ran a several durability tests on the panel. He bent it (a lot), he tried to crack it using his foot as leverage; he scratched his keys all over the display; he even stabbed the screen a few times with a knife, but none of these tactics destroy the glass. Until...

 

Brownlee introduced the sandpaper screen test, using garnet and emery paper, which are rich in minerals. In the mineral hardness test, both types of sandpaper destroyed both the iPhone 5S Gorilla glass and the alleged iPhone 6 Sapphire glass, the latter less so than the first.

 

One thing, however, wasn't scratched, and that was the iPhone 5S home button, which means the 5S home button material IS made of sapphire. The iPhone 6 home button Sapphire glass did scratch a tiny bit, although it wasn't supposed to (provided it's the real thing), which suggests that it isn't pure sapphire.

 

Brownlee did pull out more tests in the end, and the results were brutal. You have to see it for yourselves.

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