Sapphire glass would make for a crazy durable iPhone

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The rumors have been swirling about Apple’s desire to use sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone builds. While the material has already proven its scratch resistance on the camera lens cover and Touch ID home button of the iPhone 5s, we understand why some don’t see what all the fuss is about. Allow me to show you a quick demonstration from Aero-Gear:

While Aero-Gear is not among the companies Apple is actively working with to make sapphire crystal displays a reality, the above video demonstrates perfectly the protective qualities of the material when used as a screen cover. Sapphire is said to be second only to diamond when it comes to hardness. Yes, the only way you to scratch a sheet of sapphire glass is by raking a diamond over its surface, but go ahead and rub concrete blocks over it all day.

If Apple manages to pull this off, which seems to be their intent with a new plant in Mesa, Arizona as well as limited test runs already in production, the days of the shattered iPhone screen might just be a thing of the past.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Kumar Shah

    You got it backwards. Sapphire does not scratch easily, yes. But it is much more brittle and shatters much more easily (e.g. if dropped) than Corning’s Gorilla Glass used in current iPhones. Duh.

    • Pete Weatherley

      Do you reckon they might try a combo of the two? Is that scientifically possible?