With the next iPhone, iPhone 6 just about ten days away from seeing the light of the day, much has been made about the anticipated move from Gorilla glass to Sapphire glass on the display of the next generation of iPhone. Apple has used Sapphire glass on their previous iPhones, most notably on the iPhone 5s with the Touch ID and in the Camera Module, but if the rumors are to go by, then the iPhone 6 will perhaps become the very first device to bring a Sapphire protected display into mainstream smartphone market.
It is common knowledge that Sapphire is more scratch resistant and durable as compared to glass and as a result will endure the forces of nature better than the glass displays that we are used to seeing. It has been reported that with Sapphire glass, you would no longer need to cover your display with scratch guards and we hope that is true. But inspite of all these positives, there is always a question of whether the use of sapphire will indeed make the iPhone 6 a more expensive product as compared to the iPhone 5s when it was released last year.
In other properties of Sapphire Glass, it is said to be three times harder than Gorilla Glass 3 and has a 99.9% transparency for wavelengths between 150 nm and 5500 nm. As a reference point, the human eye is capable of seeing between 380 and 750 nm of wavelength. It measures 9 on Mohr’s scale of hardness making it virtually impossible to scratch even with sharpest of objects such as silicon crystals, which is basically dust or pointed metals like in keys etc.
All of this sounds great and pretty obvious to use on a phone in theory, but how does Sapphire stand up to Gorilla Glass in real test? We decided to pick up a few videos for you to give you a bit of an idea of things to come, as we all wait for the iPhone 6 and confirmation of Sapphire screens with Apple dedicating at least 25% of the keynote talking about the revolutionary product.
Bending and Impact test performed on Sapphire vs Gorilla Glass
Sapphire Glass facing an arrow
Difference in manufacturing and properties of Sapphire Glass and Gorilla Glass
Real impact tests of Kyocera Brigadier, a phone that comes with Sapphire Glass
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