Apple iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel leaked in videos plural

Apple iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel leaked in videos pluralSweet Moses, I’ve just watched the most unintentionally hilarious YouTube video I’ve seen in a looooong time. No cats, no fat nerds dancing or singing, just one man’s hands and what’s supposedly the front panel of the upcoming Apple iPhone 6.

In stark contrast, it’s joined by a second, infinitely more interesting video starring the charismatic Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee, who also claims to wield the iPhone 6’s front panel.

Video the first, the appropriately named iPhone 6 Front Panel, is shot in abject silence. Just when you think you might hear something – a pin drop, perhaps – nope… nothing.

The hands wave the purported iPhone 6 front panel around and take a few measurements, including that much-discussed 4.7in diagonal. So this’ll be the smaller iPhone 6 then.

Incidentally, that’s interesting because we’re supposedly – supposedly – looking at sapphire crystal; previously that particular technology has been linked with the larger 5.5in iPhone 6. Are they both getting the sapphire crystal treatment?

The mysterious hands apply a bit of pressure and reveal that the iPhone 6 front panel is reasonably flexible, but the best part comes when they pretend they’re operating a 4.7in iPhone 6. Endless hours of fun.

As for Marques, he corroborates the notion of the 4.7in sapphire crystal iPhone 6 front panel, and goes on to put said panel through its paces by scratching it with his keys, stabbing it with a knife, and bending it with his shoe. The result? A whole lot of nothing. That's one tough panel. You can watch that video riiiight… here.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 8, 2014 at 15:14

Neither of them really show anything that Gorilla Glass 3 can't already do. The Gorilla Glass 3 is already hard enough to not be scratched by keys or knives; it's sand, grit, concrete etc which are the main culprits for scratching phone screens. As for bending the glass, it doesn't really mean anything seeing as it'll be attached to the front of a rigid phone and even if it was useful, Gorilla Glass 3 is already pretty bendy (for glass).

It's the one test which neither of these two videos can or do show which is really going to determine whether or not this new glass is a major step forward; the drop test onto a hard surface such as concrete or tarmac. If this new sapphire glass can reliably survive a decent height fall onto such surfaces, it's a major improvement over Gorilla Glass 3, if not, it's just another marketing ploy (not that anyone with half a brain would be shocked by that).

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 8, 2014 at 16:33

I disagree, matt... without having seen the clips mentioned above: I have recently used the HTC One M8 and the Lumia 1520 (still am using that one). Both come with Gorilla Glass 3.
Both I treated like a new-born kitten. Both have noticeable scratches. And I have literally no f*cking idea why or how?! They have never seen the inside of my coat's pockets. Not thrown around, not carelessly thrown on a table face down... Gorilla Glass 3 is not the next big thing.
I'm not saying sapphire glass is... Interestingly, my old N9 looks fresher than that 1520 or M8. oops.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 8, 2014 at 18:24

I disagree, matt... without having seen the clips mentioned above: I have recently used the HTC One M8 and the Lumia 1520 (still am using that one). Both come with Gorilla Glass 3.
Both I treated like a new-born kitten. Both have noticeable scratches. And I have literally no f*cking idea why or how?! They have never seen the inside of my coat's pockets. Not thrown around, not carelessly thrown on a table face down... Gorilla Glass 3 is not the next big thing.
I'm not saying sapphire glass is... Interestingly, my old N9 looks fresher than that 1520 or M8. oops.

My point wasn't really that Gorilla Glass is great, more that this new glass is unlikely to be the revolutionary product people would like to think it will. I have no doubt that grit, sand and other tiny mineral-like particles will scratch this sapphire glass to sh*t, the same as they do to Gorilla Glass etc.

Also, I doubt sapphire glass is shatter-proof, so it's pretty much useless as protecting phones from what has to be their most common downfall; the pavement.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 8, 2014 at 21:15

I don't know - if that stuff is like the sapphire glass that covers Apple's camera lenses (and those of some other manufacturers...), then it is better than Gorilla Glass.
But then again: it could be Apple's way of cutting out another middle man.

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