Following the steady stream of iPhone 6 mock-ups, which were recreations using non-Apple parts, we are starting to see more in the way of puported part leaks. Earlier today, we had a first look at the alleged glass display cover for the iPhone 6. That video showed how the display part responded to bending. A new video, this one published by Marques Brownlee, puts the purported sapphire iPhone 6 display through a much more comprehensive battery of tests to test its durability.
Apple currently uses Gorilla Glass for the display on the iPhone 5s. For the home button the lens cover, Apple has shifted to using sapphire glass. Sapphire has a value of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making it incredibly resistant to scratches. The video shows an incredibly thin panel, with zero color shift when viewing objects through the glass.
Brownlee takes a set of keys and a knife to the display, applying a fairly good amount of pressure. Despite his best attempts, there were no signs of scratching. His bend tests were more excessive than the prevous video, which yielded further positive results.
The source of the part for this video is Sonny Dickson, who has a very good track record. If this indeed the 4.7-inch sapphire display cover for the iPhone 6, this should be a big selling point for the new iPhone. It will be interesting to see who this would fare in a standard drop test, as compared to gorilla glass. With the cost of a screen replacement currently at $249, any moves by Apple to increase the durability should be seen as a major plus for consumers.
Source: Marques Brownlee