I sure hope this is the iPhone 6's sapphire front panel

A purported iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel

Above: A purported iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel

Image Credit: Marques Brownlee
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Adding some weight to the rumors of a bigger 4.7-inch iPhone 6, YouTube gadget star Marques Brownlee posted a video today showing off what he claims is the new iPhone’s sapphire glass front panel.

The part is not only bigger than the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5 and 5S, it’s also seemingly much stronger. It didn’t have a scratch on it after Brownlee attacked it with a knife at full force, and he was also unable to crack the panel by bending it with his hands.

While Brownlee claims the panel uses sapphire glass, which is significantly stronger than the Corning Gorilla Glass currently used in iPhones, it’s unclear how he confirmed that. And to be clear, Gorilla Glass panels can also survive similar tests (though I’ve never seen one bent to this degree).

Apple recently opened up a manufacturing plant in Arizona for sapphire crystal components, and it’s believed to be churning out new displays for future devices.

It’s hard to know for sure if this is a genuine iPhone 6 part, but it meshes with most of the rumors we’ve been hearing about Apple’s next iPhone. At this point, rumors point to Apple releasing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models later this year in a move to become more competitive with big-screen Android phones.

Via MacRumors

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