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

Above: A purported iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel

Image Credit: Marques Brownlee

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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22 comments
Dan Allen
Dan Allen

BluesBrothers "Wish I phone"

Derrick Mains
Derrick Mains

I use to love iphone's but then I tried a Samsung and was shocked at how far ahead Samsung got. These days the only person I know (other than teenagers) with an iphone is my 80 year old mother in law.

Sohrob Tahmasebi
Sohrob Tahmasebi

No Andreas you're wrong. Apple is the only one using this type of glass and it's going to be standard on all iPhones but don't let me stop you from talking out of your ass. And Travis, you're telling me that's not innovation? No one else is doing this.

Andreas Mitschke
Andreas Mitschke

it's actually a premium upgrade and the exact same thing Vertu does to its phones since its existence. So, it's just another copied feature, which will bump up the price tag significantly, yet then probably marketed as the iProtect, or iForce or something which fits the gullible audience.

Nat Julian Belza
Nat Julian Belza

Ahh... Yeah, they are running out of ideas according to our resident expert of some sort, from... wait, Travis, sorry what do you do?

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

It would be really awesome if Apple uses sapphire crystal for iPhone6 glass panel. But I have my doubts. It is more likely used by the unannounced "iWatch". I am not sure if Apple's sapphire crystal plant can produce enough glass needed for the phones. But yeah, a virtually an unscratchable and unshatterable material that resist extreme high heat/cold, extremely pressure, highly corrosive, environments is going to make the device very rugged. What is there not to like?

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

You mean sapphire crystal glass panel is not a good idea? To me a virtually unscratchable and unshatterable front panel is an extremely good idea. With a few more adjustment, now this can be a military grade devices when it comes to ruggedness.

Callum Atwal
Callum Atwal

Wouldn't be nice if it were o suddenly slip out of your hands

Davis Tan
Davis Tan

Sapphire glass can caused health effect because of its sharp molecules which will hurting you if you broke it.

Klancy Kennedy
Klancy Kennedy

Transparent display would immediately explain how to do 3D displays via reading the user's eyes with the front facing camera. Clever, but I don't see the utility yet.

Soumil Patel
Soumil Patel

Sapphire crystal display will displace a lot of iPhone screen repair kiosks that you see popping up everywhere these days especially in malls.

Travis Davison
Travis Davison

Looks like Apple is running out of ideas...............

Nielo Olein
Nielo Olein

Good luck reaching the back button (unless its location is changed in iOS 8).

Curtis Sumpter
Curtis Sumpter

Who cares? Only hardware nerds. I thought the next iPhone was going to be perfectly clear. That would've been badass. Who cares about glass.

Clay Clarion
Clay Clarion

Read: I don't hang out with too many people other than teenagers and my 80 year old mother in law.