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iPhones 6: Alleged Sapphire Front Panel Shows Off Incredible Durability

by Brandon Russell | July 7, 2014July 7, 2014 10:00 am PST

Skeptical Apple would heavily feature sapphire glass in its upcoming iPhone? A supposed front panel has leaked for the rumored device, showing just how durable the material is. In the video, via Sonny Dickson, the panel is bent quite considerably, but doesn’t buckle under the pressure. It’s pretty impressive, and should give hope to those who have ever cracked their device’s display due to dropping or similar incident.

Apple supposedly has an entire plant in Mesa, Arizona dedicated to churning out sapphire, which is expected to be used in the company’s iPhone and iWatch. There are conflicting rumors, however, about whether the glass will be used specifically for Apple’s 5.5-inch model, or the 4.7-inch iteration as well. Given all the hoopla surrounding the toughness of sapphire, it would be a shame for Apple to make it exclusive to the larger model. However, there have been reports claiming Apple is well prepared to produce enough for both models.

In addition to the video showing off sapphire’s durability, Dickson also compares the 4.7-inch front panel to Apple’s current 4-inch iPhone 5. And, for good measure, Dickson also bends the front panel just to show off that the material is indeed able to withstand extreme pressure. Seeing as Dickson demonstrates the 4.7-inch panel’s ability to bend, perhaps Apple will use sapphire for both sizes.

We’ve seen plenty of pictures in recent days showing off the supposed front panel for the iPhone 6, and it does indeed appear to be slightly curved. Now, thanks to Dickson, we seemingly have confirmation that the front panels will definitely feature sapphire glass, which appears to be sturdy enough to withstand great pressure. How that will withstand repeated abuse through daily use remains to be seen, but the signs are already pretty promising.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.