Richi Jennings

iPhone 6 screen: Supposedly sapphire (or not)

July 08, 2014 6:01 AM EDT


Tim is, natch, overjoyed that we're all prattling on about it.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to release the iPhone 6 in the fall, so now is prime-time for all kinds of leaks, rumors, and other crazy release-date shenanigans. Here are three 'leaked' videos that purport to show the pomaceous screen assembly, and test its strength.

Is it sapphire crystal? Or is it just the latest iteration of Corning's Gorilla Glass?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get square eyes while playing into Apple's hands.

curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Juli Clover is feeling lucki: [You're fired -Ed.]

Marques Brownlee has now acquired [an iPhone 6] front panel and subjected it to...stress tests, including...significant bending and scratching...with a set of keys and a knife, but is unable to cause any discernible damage.

Rumors have suggested Apple plans to utilize a sapphire display...but it has also been suggested that sapphire could be limited to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. ... In that case, the front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would likely continue to use Gorilla Glass.  MORE


 
But Ronald Carlson doesn't think much of that idea:

Apple has placed a roughly $600 million bet on sapphire crystal that more than doubles world supply of the material. ... Clearly, they’re going to use it someplace and the iPhone 6 seems the obvious answer.  MORE


 
So Mike Elgan gets slightly sweary:

Damn. The iPhone 6's sapphire display looks unbelievable.

He tries to scratch it with a knife and with keys, and tries to break it -- and he can't. This looks amazing.  MORE


 
And Eric Slivka has a couple of other videos:

Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video. ... [He] mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. ... Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers a number of benefits over sapphire, including better resistance to breakage.

Dickson has now posted the remainder of the video showing hands-on measurements.  MORE


 
Juan Benavidez has an admission to admit:

I admit I am getting excited.

I have never owned an Apple product. Have always been an Android and more precisely a Nexus fan. But if Apple does bring out a larger iPhone...it is going to be very hard to keep me from switching.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, NightmareStag thinks the increased size is just a bad dream:

But like.. who want such a big phone. Always liked that the iPhone isn't as big as Samsung etc.  MORE


 

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