iPhone 6 Sapphire display emerges unscathed from brutal scratch test



We got our first taste of the flexibility of the iPhone 6’s new sapphire glass display this morning, but in a new video posted by YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Apple’s super-tough new display is subjected to a brutal scratch test and comes away completely unscathed.

To test Sapphire glass’ durability, Marques stabs an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire display repeatedly with a knife after a quick key scratch test yields no results. Both tests fail to make a dent on the display panel, but your mouth will drop when you see him forcefully try to bend the display with his foot.

Check out how insanely durable your iPhone 6 will be in the video below:

Apple’s new Sapphire Glass display in Mesa will allow the company to replace Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 that’s used on the iPhone 5s with more sapphire glass. Though early iPhone rumors claimed only the 5.5-inch iPhone would get sapphire glass this year, it appears that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will get the new feature as well.

Brownlee says he got the part from Sonny Dickson, whose stress-test video we posted this morning as well. We can’t verify if the part is genuine, but based on Dickson’s previous record for successfully leaking iPhone and iPad parts, we’re pretty convinced this might be the real deal.


  • Grunt_at_the_Point

    Okay, I’m convince.

  • Atmospheric Music

    Really amazing.

    I got a feeling this years iPhone will be even better than the 5s all tho I will miss the current design as it feels better in hand rather than rounded edges which makes it slippery.

    But since the new iPhone will be 4.7 inch I hope they make some differences to the home screen. Just scaling up the screen will make it feel like only a size upgrade. Like just room for 1 more app in the dock and 5×5 apps in the home screen will make it better.

    • DR234

      I agree. I’ve heard it isn’t slippery though and the models so far have felt good in the hand. The 4×4, 4×5, and soon 4×6 in the 4.7 inch screen is getting old though. I’m hearing they may be just be spread out for the 4.7 inch screen. If there is a 5.5 inch screen apparently it’ll be a 5×5 or 5×6 grid though and possibly have the true multitasking that supposedly is coming to iPad’s soon.

      • Atmospheric Music

        Yeah but just adding extra space for more apps isn’t really “innovating” as it feels like just a screen upgrade.

        I’m not saying I want a Android home screen with widgets and all that because those are horrible in my taste, but I want to feel like the extra money put into the 5.5 will be worth it for an example and not just a bigger iPhone thats more expensive. Like do some minor changes. I know Apple loves to be within a safe zone, especially with their iPhone and iOS but they could try to make some changes to the home screen.

  • Yujin

    me see, me want…now make it all metal and take my money…..

  • aaloo

    oh boy, the gorilla glass CEO is going to be real butt hurt now.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    Born on the planet Krypton, Sapphireman is indestructible under our yellow sun. It’s still not a substitute for being water resistant and besides, who is going to attack an iPhone with a knife. Just kidding. Apple is going to make a killing selling the iPhone 6. Corning will be seriously butt-hurt when this video goes viral. They’ll have to backtrack to save face.

    I’m sure Corning’s CEO will have something to say about how this isn’t a valid test for display glass. Corning will first show the iPhone’s display glass being completely shattered by a bullet from a Barrett M107 .50 BMG sniper rifle from a distance 250 yards. Then they’ll show how the bullet bounces harmlessly off the Gorilla Glass 3 display. “See how fragile Apple’s sapphire display is. Don’t take it with you into combat or you’ll be dead in no time. If you want to live, Go Gorilla.”

  • Mark Langston

    I was waiting for it to shatter into a million pieces when he put it under his foot but holy crap that’s some strong stuff.

    Also loving the insanely small bezel and the slight curves around the edge. The iPhone 6 is going to be yet another stellar device from Ive and company. Won’t be long now. A few more months and this sucker is mine (if I can find one during launch week).


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  • yeld

    If that knife is good quality hardened steel, that’s a valid test, keys – not so much. Generally if it really is sapphire, there is not much that can scratch it, except a diamond and other 9+ Mosh scale materials.

    • LordQuad

      I think that’s exactly how they’re cutting the panels. With diamonds. Pretty amazing.

  • Mr bob

    I’m not convinced. It needs to spend at least 20 minutes in my girlfriends handbag with whatever else is in there that can destroy all know gadgetry.

  • AKC322

    I have a sapphire crystal on my watch. I don’t know how many times I’ve smashed into something expecting it to break, but nary a scratch. Awesome material. It will put the screen film folks out of business.

  • Pradeep R

    Yeah you can stab the phone with knife but can’t transfer a freaking thing properly without iTunes

    • 1manWarMachine

      Dweller alert

  • DR234

    My mind was blown seeing this video. Bending it at 45° Under his foot and still nothing! That was some brutal hits too!