News about the iPhone 6’s new sapphire crystal screen is coming thick and fast. On Monday we told you how bendable it’s going to be. Today we have a video from YouTube user Marques Brownlee putting the screen through an extreme torture test. He bends it to 90 degrees under his shoe, scores it with a knife, and scratches it with keys. The result: no damage.
The new “unbreakable” device appears to solve one of the biggest annoyances for iPhone users.
The glass is “paper thin,” Brownlee says, and yet it’s nearly indestructible–at least under normal use, like being carried around in your pocket or getting dropped onto the floor from time to time. It’s a long way from older iPhone models, where the screen shatters like a windshield in a car crash if it smacks a hard surface.
Additionally, there’s hardly any color distortion when you look at the iPhone 6 screen. This means the picture comes in crystal clear–to the point where you could probably see individual hairs on a dog.
There is only one potential competitive disadvantage: The glass in the video is for a 4.7-inch screen, not a big phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen, like Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or Note 3 flagships. So far, we’ve seen lots of leaked photos and spare parts from the smaller of the two rumored new iPhone 6 models, but much less from the larger format. Apple will need a larger screen to stay competitive with other smartphone makers.
Here are some details from Brownlee’s iPhone 6 torture test.
First note how clear the screen is. There is no color distortion when you look through it:
“This thing is paper thin, literally as thin as a sheet of paper,” Brownlee says.