The recently shown iPhone 6 display panel may not be made of pure sapphire material

An abundance of information has been slowly churning out regarding the iPhone 6, which is rumored to be released later on this year. Recently, a video was posted which showed a sapphire display panel for the iPhone 6 being stress tested with numerous objects. Now, a follow-up video shows that this component may not be made of pure sapphire after all.

Marques Brownlee had acquired the display panel from the well known leaker, Sonny Dickson, and has tested this piece of hardware once again. However, this time around he uses Mohs scale of mineral hardness. The scale runs from 1 to 10; 10 being the hardest. The last time he tested this display panel, he used his steel knife, which is rated at 5.5, and it did not leave a scratch on this very same component.

In the follow-up video, Brownlee used both garnet sandpaper (rated at 7 on the Mohs scale,) as well as emery sandpaper (rated an 8) for this video. While the screen for the iPhone 6 was scratched, the TouchID sensor on the iPhone 5s was left unharmed, due to the fact that it is made of sapphire crystal. It is a strong possibility that in order for Apple to cut the costs of manufacturing, the new display panel had to be a hybrid of both glass and sapphire, as suggested in a patent filed by Apple back in 2013.

If you'd like to watch the whole torture test, check out the video below.

 

 

 

Source: Marques Brownlee | Image via YouTube

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I use a Nexus 5 for a year now, not a scratch, tought I not a construction workers or any hardcore day to day job. My keys are often with my phone. The back is scratched tought..

I don't see the value of this. My Lumia 1520 has gorilla glass 2 and I have not one scratch on it after 4 month of heavy use. I rater have them spend the money on a better battery.

People raging on the display... Who the hell carries anything equivalent of garnet or emery sandpaper in their pockets? Granted there probably are a few folk who WORK on a daily basis with said sand paper. But we've come a long way from the original scratch fest the original iphone was.

Draconian Guppy said,
People raging on the display...

The display is fine. It's just not sapphire. It not anywhere near as hard as sapphire.

It's just like their "retina" displays. There are screens on the market that are higher resolution than Apple Retina™ displays, yet Apple gets to brag that they are the only company that produces Retina.

rfirth said,

The display is fine. It's just not sapphire. It not anywhere near as hard as sapphire.

It's just like their "retina" displays. There are screens on the market that are higher resolution than Apple Retina™ displays, yet Apple gets to brag that they are the only company that produces Retina.

I have a s4 in my hand and a iphone 4 in the other. The iphone looks better. (better based on contrast/color/brightness/tone etc. To kids, numbers may matter, but most adults prefer about real world.

VHMP01 said,
@rippleman, so Nokia's 1020 screen should matter more to adults, right?

I have never had/owned one. I have heard its very nice. But remember, it is NOT nice because of the specs. example: since its 41 mega pixals, it MUST be 8X better then the HTC one M8 right?

rippleman said,

I have never had/owned one. I have heard its very nice. But remember, it is NOT nice because of the specs. example: since its 41 mega pixals, it MUST be 8X better then the HTC one M8 right?
Yes it is.

rippleman said,

how come?

I guess because everyone will want to have an opinion against Apple on this. Look out for many sudden expert geologist, physicists and engineers to also happen to be Android users that dislike Apple.

sanctified said,

I guess because everyone will want to have an opinion against Apple on this. Look out for many sudden expert geologist, physicists and engineers to also happen to be Android users that dislike Apple.

Nothing to do with android, windows or whatever. I'm purely saying that millions of people will suddenly feel they know a lot about sapphire. I can honestly picture a few friends "selling" their phones to me.

Zlain said,

Nothing to do with android, windows or whatever. I'm purely saying that millions of people will suddenly feel they know a lot about sapphire. I can honestly picture a few friends "selling" their phones to me.

your opinion on what qualifies as expert is a bit different then most.

rippleman said,
your opinion on what qualifies as expert is a bit different then most.

I think you need to learn sarcasm ;)

"like seriously"?

Bigger form factor means a bigger battery, so things should improve a lot this year. My iPad lasts weeks between charges.

what said,
"like seriously"?

Bigger form factor means a bigger battery, so things should improve a lot this year. My iPad lasts weeks between charges.

Are YOU serious? An iPad does not go weeks without charging unless all you do is use it as a glorified clock. Quit lying to the guy.

But the larger form factor means bigger screen. To maintain the Retina phenomenon that means a lot more pixels on the screen too. We'll just have to wait and see. To many variables are changing this time around.

Don't feart the future said,
But the larger form factor means bigger screen. To maintain the Retina phenomenon that means a lot more pixels on the screen too. We'll just have to wait and see. To many variables are changing this time around.

An extra inch of screen uses far less power than an extra inch of battery, so there will be a noticeable net gain... As long as the software is sound.

what said,
"like seriously"?

Bigger form factor means a bigger battery, so things should improve a lot this year. My iPad lasts weeks between charges.

My iPad lasts weeks between charges too, but it also collects a lot of dust.

The 4.8" iPhone 6 is said to have only an 1800mAH battery. (The 4" iPhone 5s has a 1560mAH battery for comparison.). For the increased size and the amount of pixels needed to maintain the Retina phenomenon that battery may not increase battery life at all.

We'll have to wait and see. Rumors are just rumors.

what said,

An extra inch of screen uses far less power than an extra inch of battery, so there will be a noticeable net gain... As long as the software is sound.

Power usage has nothing to do with screen size. The number of pixels being driven is what matters. We know that the new resolution, although still not 1080p, will be three times the current retina resolution to maintain scalability in apps. Also look at the panel above. Apple hasn't changed the form factor by much so that it still feels comfortable in your hands, instead compensation for the increase in screen size by narrowing down the bezels. And then we know that the iPhone 6 is supposed to be the thinnest iPhone ever. So looking at the factors: a thinner and not much bigger battery driving three times the resolution, I don't think the battery life situation for the iPhone is increasing anytime soon.

what said,
"like seriously"?

Bigger form factor means a bigger battery, so things should improve a lot this year. My iPad lasts weeks between charges.


If you increase processing power, RAM and display capabilities (not screen size but resolution), you're also increasing current draw. Increasing battery 'size' as you put it will compensate, not improve.

Also. You measure battery size and capability in ampere-hours. Not surface area.

Mine Ipad lasts 4 days with constant use. That is 2-3 hours of video a day 4-6 of gaming and a few of browsing. Now my iphone I will be happy if I can get 100% to not shut off in one work day from 6am to 7pm.

Now about the article. They will call it saphire even though it is a mix and not as strong. Marketing but they all do it.

moloko said,
Mine Ipad lasts 4 days with constant use. That is 2-3 hours of video a day 4-6 of gaming and a few of browsing. Now my iphone I will be happy if I can get 100% to not shut off in one work day from 6am to 7pm.

Now about the article. They will call it saphire even though it is a mix and not as strong. Marketing but they all do it.

So your iPad gets 36+ hours of battery life on a single charge? Must have alien technology. I'll be watching you.

Well I guess you could say yes. I am on it about 8 hours a day so lets call it an even 24. Fresh charge yesterday morning and I have still 75%. I am not sure what you are doing on yours but mine lasts.

"It's too flexible".

Exactly what I thought when I saw the first video. The harder the substance, the more organized it's structure. The more organized the structure, the less it can bend. In the case of pure sapphire, level 9 on the hardness scale, it should not bend at all. Not even a little bit.

I knew it! Its kinda sad though. I was hoping for a harder, scratch-resistant screen. Even though I rather dislike iPhones, it would have been nice to see how it worked.

So... this new "sapphire" glass on the iPhone has a hardness less than 7 on the Mohs scale?

Yeah, I'm not impressed. That's not sapphire. It's softer than quartz!

excalpius said,
Which Apple will still hype as a "revolutionary sapphire display" when the iPhone 6 is announced in a few months. :p

watch Samsung copy the "revolutionary" sapphire display in the next model.

rippleman said,

watch Samsung copy the "revolutionary" sapphire display in the next model.

Good, and i hope they and others do. But as it looks like. Apple is following in Kyocera footsteps.

rippleman said,

watch Samsung copy the "revolutionary" sapphire display in the next model.

If it's real sapphire, or at least a material harder than quartz, good for them.

rippleman said,

watch Samsung copy the "revolutionary" sapphire display in the next model.


You must mean like Apple copied the bigger display mainly from Samsung, right?

VHMP01 said,

You must mean like Apple copied the bigger display mainly from Samsung, right?

I'm 100% sure that the idea to increase the size of a screen came about well before the first Galaxy phone hit R&D, but you're going to keep on truckin' with that example anyways as if Samsung came up with it. Which would be like one chef claiming that another chef copied him because his recipe also has oregano in it.

excalpius said,
Which Apple will still hype as a "revolutionary sapphire display" when the iPhone 6 is announced in a few months. :p

But it is revolutionary.... Or have you seen anyone else use this composite?

VHMP01 said,

You must mean like Apple copied the bigger display mainly from Samsung, right?
you missed the point of the post by [---------] that much

@benthebear, I could not careles who came up with the idea of bigger screens, which are way better tan iPhone's statement of 3.5" being the perfect size! Ha! what a joke! As everything Apple says when the do something; if someone else does it better it should not be needed, but when they copy it is sundendly 'Magical' and 'Innovative'... Yet all Apple does is copy really... Here have fun:

Steve Jobs' own words:
“We have been ‘ShameLESS' about stealing great ideas”.

Panorama + Folders = Android
Notification Bar = Maemo
The name "Apple" = The Beatles
Slide to Unlock = Neonode N1m
Mouse GUI = Xerox
Reject calls with SMS = Symbian
iMaps = Google Maps (Opps)
Fingerprint sensor (Cracked) = PCs (Safe)
Multitasking = webOS
Copy/paste = WinMobile
Ping = Facebook, Twitter
iPad = Samsung´s Photoframe
iPad Mini = Dell Streak
iPod = Creative Technology and Walkman
‘iPhone' the name = Linksys' iPhone®
‘iOS' the name = Cisco's Internet OS (ios)
Original iPhone = Samsung's S700 Mp3 Player
iPhone 4 & 4S = LG's Prada
iPhone 5c = Lumia 620
Pinch to zoom = Samsung
iMessage = BlackBerry Messenger
iCloud = Dropbox + Onedrive
iOS Minimalistic = Windows Phone.
Smartphone Optical Stabilization = Nokia
Siri (Clippy) = Xiaoi Bot + Nuance
App Store = Ubuntu Software Center
Multitouch Smartphone = Bought another company
Bigger Screen smartphone = Everybody else
MacBook Air = HP's Sojourn
Macsafe = Asian Crockery
Thunderbolt = Intel
OSX, iOS = Unix
Newton = Psion Series 3, HP 95LX
Apple Logo = Genesis 1:6, 3:6
Aluminum = Cheapest Metal
Plastic = ($$$ Reinforced Polymers)
Security = Buy a new one...

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